Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

Set on a remote island, a schizophrenic woman is discharged from a mental hospital and recovers during a family holiday with her husband, brother, and father. Her father, who happens to be a prominent psychologist, coldly observes her and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 1961
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1994
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TIME Magazine

Through a Glass Darkly is one of the best and certainly the ripest of Ingmar Bergman's creations, a film as subtle as Wild Strawberries but solider in substance.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

It is almost superfluous to note that the film is beautifully made: visually exquisite, ingeniously knit.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Bergman's mastery with actors (there is absolutely never a bad performance in a single one of his films) and with the cinematic form (using space and mood to communicate his theme) is abundantly clear here.

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Roger Ebert

You can freeze almost any frame of this film and be looking at a striking still photograph.

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Variety Staff

Not a pleasant film, it is a great one.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film in search of profound truths that it can only hint at having caught glimmerings of, and it's a truly remarkable experience.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Preserving a strict unity of time and place, this stark tale of a young woman's decline into insanity is set in a summer home on a holiday island.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Bergman's wintry film has beautiful moments and Andersson gives a great performance, but the film can't shake the weight of the disease-of-the-week movie feel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this was a decent film. near the bottom of my list for bergman films, really the whole trilogy is not among my favorites of his work. the acting was great and… More
Robert C
The first in Bergman's "Silent God" trilogy a subject matter that I find very intriguing. Though I found this film to be just as much about the… More
Daniel Perry
A gripping portrait of mental illness and family ties from a master director, and a film with a narrow focus and a cast of four (father, son, daughter,… More
Cassandra Maples
Bergman was without question a master when it came to the cinema of alienation; presenting characters with a singular point of view that is at odds with the… More
Reid Volk
In a time so inundated with cinematic gimmickry, a filmmaker such as Ingmar Bergman would never succeed. Rather than fancy camera work, he relies on powerful… More
Ken Stachnik
BLah Blah Blah Beautiful Photography Blah Blah Blah God is Silent Blah Blah Blah I just can't get excited about solemn Swedish social situations