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Through a Glass Darkly Reviews

The first in Bergman's trilogy of films examining man's futile search for God (followed by WINTER LIGHT and THE SILENCE) stars Andersson as a young schizophrenic recently released from a mental institution who spends the summer with her family in an isolated cabin on the Baltic coast. Her father, Bjornstrand, is a writer who studies his disturbed daughter with a cold, intellectual detachment that only makes her condition worse. Her husband, von Sydow, is a doctor but is unable to assist in her recovery. Passgard, Andersson's brother, is a youth on the verge of sexual awakening, and he, too, is occupied with his own troubled thoughts and emotions. Soon Andersson is suffering from seizures, during which she hears voices from the walls telling her not to fear, that God will come and save her. The usual fine performances from Bergman's regulars combined with a script that is not as ponderous as much of the director's other works earned THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1961 and an Oscar nomination in 1962 for Best Screenplay. The videocassette is available in both dubbed and subtitled (Swedish into English) versions.