Ingmar Bergman

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family finds its fragile ties tested when daughter Karin (an astonishing Harriet Andersson) discovers her father (Gunnar Björnstrand) has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary ends. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, Karin’s father, her husband (Max von Sydow), and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent her descent into the abyss of mental illness. Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Through a Glass Darkly, the first work in Ingmar Bergman’s trilogy on faith and the loss of it, presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near disintegration and a tortured psyche further taunted by the intangibility of God’s presence.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1961
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #209

Special Features

  • On the DVD: High-definition digital transfer
  • On the Blu-ray: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003 (Blu-ray only)
  • Interview from 2003 with film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Interview from 2012 with actor Harriet Andersson (Blu-ray only)
  • Audio interview from 1962 with actor Gunnar Björnstrand (Blu-ray only)
  • Illustrated audio interview with cinematographer Sven Nykvist, recorded in 1981 (Blu-ray only)
  • With the DVD: An essay by film scholar Peter Matthews
  • Original U.S. theatrical trailer
  • Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack

Available In

Collector's Set

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Collector's Set

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$63.96

Collector's Set

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Blu-Ray Box Set

30 Discs

$239.96

Special Features

  • On the DVD: High-definition digital transfer
  • On the Blu-ray: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003 (Blu-ray only)
  • Interview from 2003 with film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Interview from 2012 with actor Harriet Andersson (Blu-ray only)
  • Audio interview from 1962 with actor Gunnar Björnstrand (Blu-ray only)
  • Illustrated audio interview with cinematographer Sven Nykvist, recorded in 1981 (Blu-ray only)
  • With the DVD: An essay by film scholar Peter Matthews
  • Original U.S. theatrical trailer
  • Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack
Through a Glass Darkly
Cast
Harriet Andersson
Karin
Max von Sydow
Martin
Gunnar Björnstrand
David
Lars Passgård
Minus
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Written by
Ingmar Bergman
Cinematographer
Sven Nykvist
Editor
Ulla Ryghe
Assistant director
Lenn Hjortzberg
Art director
P. A. Lundgren
Production manager
Allan Ekelund
Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
Music performed by
Erling Blöndal Bengtsson
Sound
Stig Flodin
Costume design
Mago
Makeup
Börje Lundh
Unit manager
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Script continuity
Ulla Furås

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Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.