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Through a glass darkly
Andersson, Harriet, 1932-
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : The Criterion Collection, 2003.

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Standard version.

Special features: new high-definition transfer, with restored image and sound; exploring the film: video discussion with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie; new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews; original U.S. theatrical trailer; optional English-dubbed soundtrack; new and improved English subtitle translation; optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
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Central Library DVD 6210 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
Audubon Library DVD 6210 Adult DVD Foreign Language

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Ingmar Bergman won his second Best Foreign Film Oscar for the moody family drama Through a Glass Darkly. It is the first of what came to be called his "chamber dramas," which positioned four characters in one place where they could interact like a string quartet. It has also been referred to as the first of his trilogy of faith, followed by Winter Light and The Silence, dealing with issues of God and love. Shot in black-and-white and running only 90 minutes long, the film opens with a quote from the book of Corinthians. Suffering from severe mental illness, Karin (Harriet Andersson) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital. She vacations for a summer on an island with her family to help speed up her recovery, but they can't offer the support that she needs. Her father, David (Gunnar Björnstrand), is a clinical and detached writer; her husband, Martin (Max Von Sydow), is a doctor unable to assist her illness; and her brother, Minus (Lars Passgård), is sexually coming of age and dealing with his own emotional problems. Karin's condition worsens and she thinks a spider is God. It has been argued that the script for Through a Glass Darkly was influenced by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, The Yellow Wallpaper. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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