Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)



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Movie Info

This decidedly somber film was written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Karin (Harriet Andersson) is a released mental patient who returns home to relive the security of her childhood. Her loving husband Martin (Max Von Sydow) is a medical school physician and teacher she no longer has feelings for. Her writer father keeps a journal of his daughter's condition with an eerie fascination for her deteriorating condition. Karin seduces her 17 year old brother when he confesses he has never had sex. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ingmar Bergman
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On DVD: Jun 29, 1994
Criterion Collection

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Critic Reviews for Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Through a Glass Darkly is one of the best and certainly the ripest of Ingmar Bergman's creations, a film as subtle as Wild Strawberries but solider in substance.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
TIME Magazine
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You can freeze almost any frame of this film and be looking at a striking still photograph.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
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Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
Chicago Reader
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It is almost superfluous to note that the film is beautifully made: visually exquisite, ingeniously knit.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
The New Republic
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Not a pleasant film, it is a great one.

Full Review… | August 1, 2007
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Preserving a strict unity of time and place, this stark tale of a young woman's decline into insanity is set in a summer home on a holiday island.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)

this was a decent film. near the bottom of my list for bergman films, really the whole trilogy is not among my favorites of his work. the acting was great and bergman got some wonderful shots. this movie was very slow however, and you really sort of miss the point until the last 30 minutes or so. a very simple film taking place on a single set, this film was made to convey a very simple point about hope and faith. the final scene is really great, and the move towards a more theater feel in bergmans work is interesting, but overall not among his best.

danny d

Super Reviewer

A gripping portrait of mental illness and family ties from a master director, and a film with a narrow focus and a cast of four (father, son, daughter, daughter's husband). Slow in the beginning but suddenly enrapturing, the stakes keep rising as we see the characters "mirror" each other's behaviour, frustrating each others' attempts at normal, intimate family relationships at every turn until we reach the harrowing conclusion. When I review, I prefer to get into specifics, but to me this is the kind of film that's probably better to go into blind, as it's full of surprises and subtle plot points that, while they won't look interesting in a summary - or an academic treatise, which one could easily write about this film - are captivating once you're into them. Watching it was an outstanding experience... I won't spoil it for you.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

I wonder if Ingmar Bergman purposefully kept the first third of Through A Glass Darkly dull and lifeless only to enhance the visuals and then performances of the second and third acts respectively. If he did then it certainly worked, I was pulled back in with a jolt just as I was beginning to loose interest. The performances are brilliant, particularly from Harriet Andersson, the writing is exquisite and after reading up on the chamber dramas as they've come to be known, I can't wait to see more. I would suggest this is only a suggestion of the greatness to come though, I liked it a lot but I don't love it. I seem to be in the minority in thinking that the b/w cinematography was below par considering how masterfully The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries were shot but I digress, this is cinematic brilliance.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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