At the beginning of the 1960s, Bergman turned his back on the abundant symbolism and exotic imagery of his 50s work to focus on a trilogy of emotionally explosive chamber dramas examining faith and alienation in the modern age. Utilizing a new cameraman—the incomparable Sven Nykvist—Bergman unleashed THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, WINTER LIGHT and THE SILENCE in rapid succession, exposing moviegoers worldwide to a new level of intellectual and emotional intensity. The three films are presented for sequential viewing, though each films stands entirely alone as a unique cinematic whole.
In THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, 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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