Ingmar Bergman

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

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.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1961
  • 91 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #209

Special 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

Available In

Collector's Set

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$63.96

Special 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

Through a Glass Darkly
Cast
Harriet Andersson
Karin
Max von Sydow
Martin
Gunnar Björnstrand
David
Lars Passgård
Minus
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Written and directed by
Ingmar Bergman
Assistant director
Lenn Hjortzberg
Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Assistant photographer
Rolf Holmqvist
Assistant photographer
Peter Wester
Production manager
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Editing
Ulla Ryghe
Sound
Stig Flodin
Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
Music performed by
Erling Blöndal Bengtsson
Sets
P.A. Lundgren
Costumes
Mago
Makeup
Börje Lundh

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

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.