Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1961 • Sweden

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.

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Through a Glass Darkly
  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1961 • Sweden

    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 ...

Extras

  • Ingmar Bergman on THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

    The following introduction was recorded by director Ingmar Bergman in 2003.

  • Exploring the Film

    In this discussion, recorded in 2003, Ingmar Bergman biographer peter Cowie offers additional context for the film trilogy of which THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY is a part, as well as for the film specifically—its inception, key players, and themes.

  • Jhumpa Lahiri on THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

  • Harriet Andersson

    As a special guest at the 2012 Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Finland, actor Harriet Andersson was interviewed by Ingmar Bergman biographer Foster Hirsch A brief exerpt from their conversation is presented here, accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage from THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY.

  • Sven Nykvist

    The following excerpted audio interview with longtime Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Sven Nykvist is illustrated with clips from several of the films they made together. It was originally recorded on February 7, 1981, during a Harold Lloyd Master Seminar at the American Film Institute in Los Ange...

  • Gunnar Björnstrand

    The following fifteen-minute audio interview with actor Gunnar Björnstrand was conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann and recorded at the Berlin Film Festival in 1962.