Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Saturday, September 15, 1 pm
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (an astonishing 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), Karin’s husband (Max von Sydow), and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) are all unable to prevent Karin’s descent into the abyss of mental illness. Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, 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. 1961, Sweden, DCP, in Swedish with English subtitles, 91 minutes. Recommended for 16+.
Part of: Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema in the 1950s and 1960s: A Centennial Retrospective
No name is more synonymous with the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema than Ingmar Bergman, a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. In a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed dozens of films in an astonishing array of tones, ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts, to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family relationships. This series focuses on his prolific period of filmmaking in the 1950s and 60s as his international renown grew.