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Movies: Ingmar Bergman’s “Through a Glass Darkly”

Oct. 17, 1961 - Film critics in Stockoholm, Sweden, were applauding today the premiére of Ingmar Bergman’s “most important” production, “Through a Glass Darkly.” “Great,” “fantastic,” “his best” were some of the superlatives showered upon this story of love, faith, and a mentally ill woman. Said Mr. Bergman: “The twenty-three other pictures I have made have been only studies. This is ‘opus number one.’” The critics were awed by the performance of Harriet Anderson (pictured center with Max von Sydow and Gunnar Bjornstrand) as the mentally ill woman who selects delusion as the world in which she wants to live and who finds her God has the face of a spider. There was also praise for Gunnar Bjornstrand as her father, who finally learns how to love; for Max Sydow as her husband who has no faith; and for Lars Passgard as her tormented teenaged brother who wants proof of God.


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