Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)
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Ingmar Bergman won his second Best Foreign Film Oscar for the moody family drama Through a Glass Darkly. It is the first of what came to be called his "chamber dramas," which positioned four characters in one place where they could interact like a string quartet. It has also been referred to as the first of his trilogy of faith, followed by Winter Light and The Silence, dealing with issues of God and love. Shot in black-and-white and running only 90 minutes long, the film opens with a quote from
Oct 16, 1961 Wide
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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.
You can freeze almost any frame of this film and be looking at a striking still photograph.
Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences.
It is almost superfluous to note that the film is beautifully made: visually exquisite, ingeniously knit.
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.
Bergman's mastery with actors (there is absolutely never a bad performance in a single one of his films) and with the cinematic form (using space and mood to communicate his theme) is abundantly clear here.
A film in search of profound truths that it can only hint at having caught glimmerings of, and it's a truly remarkable experience.
Bergman's wintry film has beautiful moments and Andersson gives a great performance, but the film can't shake the weight of the disease-of-the-week movie feel.
The first of Ingmar Bergman's bleak but outstanding films from his trilogy of chamber plays about faith, alienation and the emptiness of life.
[Features] The usual fine performances from Bergman's regulars combined with a script that is not as ponderous as much of the director's other works.
Deservedly winning the 1961 Foreign Language Oscar, this gloomy and intense family drama, set on a romate island, is the first in a trilogy that explores issues of religion, faith, and human fraiglity.
A truly thoughtful and moving film about human nature and (of course) man's struggle with a higher power.
Audience Reviews for Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
- David the Father: We draw a magic circle and shut out everything that doesn't agree with our secret games. Each time life breaks the circle, the games turn grey and ridiculous. Then we draw a new circle and build a new defense.
- Karin: Poor little daddy.
- David the Father: Yes, poor little daddy, forced to live in reality.
- Karin: The door opened, but the god was a spider. He came up to me and I saw his face. It was a terrible stoney face. He scrambled up and tried to penetrate me, but I defended myself. All along I saw his eyes. They were cold and calm. When he couldn't penetrate me he continued up my chest, up into my face and onto the wall. I have seen God.
- Karin: He that loves for real always does right by his loved one.
- Fredrik David's son known as Minus: Oblivion shall own me and death alone shall love me.
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