Through a Glass Darkly Through a Glass Darkly
  • Sweden
  • 1961
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #209

While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father (Gunnar Björnstrand), along with Karin’s husband (Max von Sydow) and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and featuring an astonishing lead performance by Andersson, Through a Glass Darkly presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near disintegration and a tortured psyche further taunted by God’s intangible presence.

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
Written and directed byIngmar Bergman
Assistant directorLenn Hjortzberg
CinematographySven Nykvist
Assistant photographerRolf Holmqvist and Peter Wester
Production managerLars-Owe Carlberg
EditingUlla Ryghe
SoundStig Flodin
MusicJohann Sebastian Bach
Music performed byErling Blöndal Bengtsson
SetsP.A. Lundgren
CostumesMago
MakeupBörje Lundh

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Exploring the film: Video discussion with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie
  • New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

Through a Glass Darkly: Patron Saint of Angst

By Peter Matthews August 18, 2003

Watching Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 Through a Glass Darkly now, you’re carried back to a golden era that was also an ice age. The year before, Michelangelo Antonioni’s drifting, elliptical . . . Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Persona

By Abbey Lustgarten March 31, 2014


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Bergman’s Dreams

By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore October 03, 2013

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News

Bergman Off-Broadway

January 19, 2011

We mentioned last April that Ingmar Bergman’s intense, Oscar-winning chamber drama Through a Glass Darkly, about a young woman’s emotional crack-up, was being adapted for the London stage. Now, . . . Read more »


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Through a Glass Darkly Onstage

April 20, 2010

Ingmar Bergman’s intense, character-based chamber drama Through a Glass Darkly hasalways seemed like it would make for a great, intimate theater piece. Apparently, Australian playwright Andrew . . . Read more »


Dispatches

He Is an Island

By Michael Koresky July 16, 2008

The locations for many of Ingmar Bergman’s most dramatically spare films have existed for so long in moviegoers’ minds as stark black-and-white dream states that to walk through them in living, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Through a Glass Darkly: Patron Saint of Angst

By Peter Matthews August 18, 2003

Watching Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 Through a Glass Darkly now, you’re carried back to a golden era that was also an ice age. The year before, Michelangelo Antonioni’s drifting, elliptical . . . Read more »