Through a Glass Darkly 1961 NR

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While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family's fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, her family is unable to prevent Karin's harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Starring:
Harriet Andersson, Max von Sydow
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Through a Glass Darkly

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Ingmar Bergman
Starring Harriet Andersson, Max von Sydow
Supporting actors Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lily t. on March 26, 2014
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I'm not certain that Bergman was able to come to any conclusions in this haunting film which grapples with the issues of reality, insanity, God, love [ in the sense of agape, filia and eros] and our perceptions of those things since as mortals we can only see indirectly and without certainty as through a glass darkly.

And what of his questions: is God love or a wretched monster? Made in the image of our parents and colored as such? Or entirely absent, leaving humans to their own devices? Are only the mad concerned with such questions in the modern world or is it maddening to be concerned with them?

Bergman called this a chamber piece and it takes place in three acts during a 24 hour period on a remote island where a family has a vacation house. Three men, a husband, father and brother revolve around the central character, Karin, and her incipient madness.

The film starts with their happy idle but then it is revealed that Karin has recently been released from a psychiatric institution where her condition [ never named but implied as schizophrenia] has been deemed incurable.

And so what of the human love between the characters? The father, played by Gunnar Bjornstrand, is a narcissistic writer, who rather than grapple with his wife's death, had abandoned his children and now is observing his daughter's illness with clinical detachment intending to use it as fodder in his next book. The teenaged brother, meanwhile is trying to cope with his father issues and his burgeoning sexuality. The husband, Max Von Sydow, a physician, expects his wife to provide sexual gratification despite her condition and is continually frustrated as she rebuffs him—does he wish for the end or will he reconcile himself to acting as her caretaker?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thomas oneill on May 6, 2014
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Yes, deserves more than five stars. This is one of the all-time great films, with one of the all-time great performances by Harriet Anderson. It operates in the realm of dream with dream's power to transform beyond rational fumbling. This movie is so great and so confident that it pares reality down to the most tender and humble level. Only then can we begin to talk about this condition of life...
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this movie is excellent as every movie that I watched from this wonderful artistsmy heart goes out to the young lady I know that you don't fit in and the regular world but yet you don't belong in a mental institution either. Many things that human face today in regular everyday life not crazy enough to be in an institution but yet your logic all off and not quite sitting 45 fixing or accepted by society. Being smart enough to know that is quite painful. This movie is a classic
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Gough on April 22, 2014
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This was a foreign film, so we had to read everything. It was boring too. I cannot recommend this movie.
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