Saturday, September 01, 2007

Såsom i en spegel (Ingmar Bergman, 1961) aka Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman, 1961)
Rating: 9.3

A well written and directed chamber drama from legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Sven Nykvist provides beautiful cinematography as always, but the performances from the four actors involved overshadows both of these filmmaking icons. Harriet Andersson as Karin, delivers the most powerful of all the performances as she captures the torment of a woman conflicted between reality and fantasy as she battles her own insanity. Bergman also tackles familiar themes of incest, philosophy, faith, and the artist. His inclusion of artists as characters can be interpreted as semi-autobiographical representations of his own struggles with sacrificing relationships with his loved ones for art.

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