swedenborg film season 2012 | films by ingmar bergman

Through a Glass Darkly (1961) | 27 September 2012 | 7.00 pm

(Såsom i en spegel) (89 mins)

Through a Glass Darkly is a chamber film in three acts. The title is from a biblical passage (1 Corinthians 13) and relates the tale of four family members who act as mirrors for each other. It was the first of many Bergman films to be shot on the island of Fårö.

The story is set during a period of 24 hours, and shows the fragile ties between between Karin (Harriet Andersson) and her father (Gunnar Björnstrand) who has been using her schizophrenia as source material for his own literary ends. As Karin drifts in and out of lucidity, her father along with her husband (Max von Sydow, who is present in all three films) and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent Karin’s slow descent into mental illness. Through a Glass Darkly won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and is also shot in black and white.

Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

Doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. Admission is free but capacity is limited. NOW FULLY BOOKED. Please contact nora@swedenborg.org.uk regarding waiting list places.