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."
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.
Black and white
In Swedish subtitled in English
Directed by Ingmar Bergman