Ingmar Bergman tells a story that is in many ways reminiscent of Long Day's Journey into Night. Pic deals with four members of a family who are estranged through their inability to express feelings for each other. The action is limited to 24 hours. The time is the nightless Scandinavian summer and the setting is an isolated island in the Baltic. Not a pleasant film, it is a great one.
Max von Sydow
Ingmar Bergman tells a story that is in many ways reminiscent of Long Day’s Journey into Night. Pic deals with four members of a family who are estranged through their inability to express feelings for each other. The action is limited to 24 hours. The time is the nightless Scandinavian summer and the setting is an isolated island in the Baltic. Not a pleasant film, it is a great one.
Main character is Karin (Harriet Andersson), who is suffering from a mental ailment. Released from a mental institution, she seeks the security of her childhood, the love of her father, David (Gunnar Bjornstrand), and her 17-year-old brother, Fredrick (Lars Passgard). She turns more and more away from her husband Martin (Max von Sydow), a doctor and instructor at a medical school.
In a boat for a day of fishing, Karin and her brother confide inner secrets to one another. The day of youthful fun-making comes to a tragic end when Karin madly seduces her brother.
The Bergman message comes at the end when David speaks personally to his son that he believes: ‘God exists in love, in every sort of love, maybe God is love.’
1961: Best Foreign Language Film
Through a Glass Darkly
Svensk Filmindustri. Director Ingmar Bergman; Screenplay Ingmar Bergman; Camera Sven Nykvist; Editor Ulla Ryghe; Music Erik Nordgren; Art Director P.A. Lundgren
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 89 MIN.
Max von Sydow
Popular on Variety
Maggie Gyllenhaal on How Intimacy Experts Can Help Young Actresses
John Krasinski Reveals 'A Quiet Place' Birthing Scene Took One Take
Sam Elliott on the Moment 'Everybody Just Stopped' on 'A Star Is Born' Set
Unrolling the Masterful Sushi Scene in 'Isle of Dogs'
Emily Blunt and Hugh Jackman on What Makes a Great Musical
Mahershala Ali on Fighting for a Black Lead on 'True Detective'
Timothee Chalamet, Emma Stone on Being Rejected by Tim Burton
Timothee Chalamet Wept the First Time He Watched Himself on 'Interstellar'
Why 'Shallow' Is One of the Most 'Authentic' Songs Lady Gaga Has Ever Written
Aisling Franciosi (“The Nightingale”), Ardalan Esmaili (“The Charmer”) and Elliott Crosset Hove (“Winter Brothers”) are among the 10 actors and actresses who have been named as the European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars. Previous Shooting Stars include Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Pilou Asbæk and Baltasar Kormákur. The new crop of up-and-coming talent for the 22nd edition of [...]
In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is remaking Iceland’s “Woman at War,” the Art Directors Guild honors production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carre, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” gets cast and Melissa Takal directs “New Year New You” for Hulu. PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of [...]
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories banner have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star. The pic won the world cinema audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by [...]
Legendary Entertainment is developing “The Toxic Avenger” as a movie after acquiring the feature film rights. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary. Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered [...]
“Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu is in talks to join Sony’s Screen Gems’ untitled romantic comedy, with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing. “GLOW” actress Kimmy Gatewood is making her feature directorial debut on the project. She will be directing from a Savion Einstein script about a woman who becomes pregnant with two babies [...]
Having a female director doesn’t automatically make a story more feminine, says “The Kindergarten Teacher” star Maggie Gyllenhaal, but when it comes to her film with director Sara Colangelo, she says the female narrative is fully encapsulated. “Just because something is written or directed by a woman doesn’t necessarily make it a feminine articulation,” she says [...]
Kevin Hart’s abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig. As of now, the situation remains fluid as the group’s leadership explores options, including going host-less, individuals familiar with the situation told Variety. The Academy was blindsided by Hart’s announced departure Thursday [...]