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Through A Glass Darkly [DVD] [1961]

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  • Actors: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writers: Ingmar Bergman
  • Producers: Allan Ekelund
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RZQK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,504 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning first part of a trilogy (which was followed in 1963 by 'Winter Light' and then 'The Silence'), traces a schizophrenic young woman's (Harriet Andersson) descent into madness as she spends a holiday on a remote holiday island with her father, brother and husband. Her husband is a doctor but feels helpless, her father seems to watch her disease with fascination and keeps a journal of her condition, whilst she seduces 17-year-old brother when she discovers he is a virgin

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One of Bergman's darkest films, and the first of a thematic trilogy exploring the question of the existence of God, Through A Glass Darkly depicts a young woman's descent into madness. The film is set at an isolated house on the coast and focuses on four characters: David, a writer, his adult children Karin and Minus, and his friend Martin - who is married to Karin. The idyll of the opening is quickly shattered as the tensions in their relationships and the extent of Karin's mental illness become more and more apparent. Bergman was not entirely happy with this film, and it has its imperfections, but it is more than redeemed by the performance of Harriet Andersson as Karin, which is the most stunning and powerful piece of acting I have ever seen on film.
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In this film a schizophrenic girl of deep religious conviction sinks into madness while her father, brother and husband look helplessly on. One of the film's great qualities is its lack of sentimentality in dealing with such a difficult subject, and its arresting and provocative imagery. Although less accessible than some of Bergman's other films, it includes one of the best performances in any of his works - that of Harriet Anderson. She is haunting and luminescent in the lead and makes you forgive any narrative shortcomings. Austerely shot by Sven Nykvist, a regular Bergman-collaborator, its images and intelligence pack a powerful punch
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Truly remarkable movie. I once foolishly wrote, Bergman maybe is not great filmmaker I terms of craft, but this is astounding beauty! However the theme is what makes this film so great. God is love as St. John the youngest of Jesus disciples wrote at the end of his papers. Film explores this in terms of relationships. Karin wants to express her true feelings towards men, but can not, because those men can not love her. Her father is locked in himself and doesn't let anybody in and uses art as a escape as he confess in one moment. Her husband is simple honest man, but fails to see that he uses her to fill his life gestures and she can not truly love him. The only person she loves is her brother Minus and that's why she has sexual relationship whit him, because sex can only be fulfilment of spiritual, love life. Of course incest is considered sin in society, so Karin can not fulfil her love in a true meaning of it and starts to hear voices and descends into madness. We hear in the movie that her liness is incurable, because is inherited from her mother, but in final conversation between father and son they both agree that true love can save her. I recommend this movie to all of You not only as en entertainment, but source of inspiration in life.
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This is a difficult film which explores interesting but uncomfortable themes. The film depicts a young woman losing touch with reality and those around her through the development of a mental illness. Bergman subverts traditional character study by asking at what point our relationships with family and friends dissolve. It appears the director tried to add a more positive ending by the inclusion of the epilogue; however this does not affect the overall mood. Some excellent performances, a remote and desolate location, and grainy black and white cinematography only serve to reinforce the almost crushing emotional effect of the film.
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I think Bergman's very best period of work actually begins with 'Through a Glass Darkly'. Bergman is here honing his cinema to a point at which humanism starts to break down, and the spaces between people, and their view of themselves and reality, are undermined to an extent many people may not wish to persue in a film. Yet the work hits at difficults truths that are delivered in a form that can be described as difficultly beautiful.
Deep-focus images shot with a still camera offer endless shades of grey, with a light you can almost touch and smell. Dawn skies, rocky shorline, a pre-industrial house and four humans (who we first see like organisms emerging out of a primordial sea) is all that fills the screen. Here the 'chamber' quality of the setting allows Bergman to leave the expressionist mosaic style of direction he uses in 'The Seventh Seal' for a severe kind of image, rooted to the material world, yet open to invocations of metaphysical resonance.
Harriet Andersson plays a woman whose engagement with the world is beautiful in its heterogeneity. But her subjective focus is insufficient to master a cold world's requirements. She fails to sustain the neccessary control over her feelings, and attempts to stave off madness turn our badly (her religious hope turns to horror in the remarkable penultimate scene in the attic).
Meanwhile, this woman who might have been a microcosmic humanity's best hope, compares starkly to the well-meaning men, who seem to have adapted to a cold reality all too well. Her husband is as sterile as the needle he sticks in her arm to restore a 'normal' subjectivity (despite his verbal declarations of love), and her father has shown terrible signs of a very veritginous existential state.
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Not exactly a film about "mental illness", but a film about how meaningless a concept it is, and how little it does to further our understanding of people like Karin, bent and twisted to fit the inane procrustean categories of psychiatry, and scapegoated for the lunacy in which all men have a share.

"Through a Glass Darkly" inaugurated in a new phase in Bergman's development. In this and subsequent works, the director would examine human nature and experience without compromise, forgoing the ornamentation of earlier works in favour of a much barer aesthetic corresponding to this desire strip the reality of human existence of the pretenses, embellishments and illusions that have for so long obscured our vision.

One of the most impressive things about the film is its superlative physical beauty. The environment functions as an objective correlative to the inner world of Karin, the misery and fear she feels. The world takes on an extremely sinister, almost psychedelic, complexion in this film, especially in the shots in the room with the arabesque wallpaper, where Bergman uses the wallpaper to brilliant effect in creating what is perhaps the finest visualization of what is called "psychotic" experience in all cinema, though nature itself in this film looks no less nefarious.

If any perspective asserts itself in this film, it is that of the "schizophrenic" Karin, though as the incongruous, facile ending shows, this was very much a film born of conflicted psyche, simultaneously drawn to and repelled by Karin's outlook. It is not she who sees things through a glass darkly, but those around her.
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