Through a Glass Darkly

Wednesday, September 12
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1hr 31mins // directed by:Ingmar Bergman // featuring:Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow // 35mm

Ingmar Bergman's Academy Award-winning drama starring Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Max von Sydow.

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.


About the Ingmar Bergman Centennial

This fall, theaters across the greater Boston area will celebrate the 100th birthday of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman with a collaborative retrospective of his work. Together the Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, and Harvard Film Archive will be hosting over 30 screenings of the filmmaker’s work.

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.