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Through a Glass Darkly

Friday, February 7, 2014  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, February 8, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 9, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

Winner of the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Through a Glass Darkly chronicles a young woman's plunge into madness. The film describes 24 hours in the life of a family on an isolated island. Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers that her father — a writer who has neglected his family for his art — is observing her mental deterioration with the detached eye of a novelist, recording her illness in his diary. When she finds the journal her illness intensifies; she rejects reality and enters into a world of hallucination. 

Ingmar Bergman's moving psychological drama charts a descent into insanity with rare accuracy and sensitivity. Gunner Bjornstrand, Lars Passgård and Max von Sydow co-star in a film Bergman called "chamber music — music in which, with an extremely limited number of voices and figures, one explores the essence of a number of motifs. The backgrounds are extrapolated, put into a sort of fog. The rest is distillation."

"Round all four performers, like summer lightning, plays the fire of Mr. Bergman's intelligence and artistry," wrote The New Yorker, "in a testament that consists of many beautiful images and a handful of heartbreaking words."

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


Sweden 1961
89 minutes
Black and white
In Swedish subtitled in English
Not rated
Directed by Ingmar Bergman


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