A Film in Images: Through a Glass Darkly

I’m starting a new feature here at Southern Vision, to go along with other recurring posts such as All-Time Favourites, Profile, Unforgettable Scenes, He Shoots He Scores, and The Films I’m Anticipating. This feature is called A Film In Images, or more simply, Images. The idea is very simple. I present to you one of my favourite films without writing anything about them, simply presenting images from the film, and allowing you, whether you’ve seen the film or not, to judge the images and whether they are beautiful, striking, or whatever emotion they evoke from you. Keep in mind that I will only be doing this for films I consider to be exceptionally beautiful or striking in terms of imagery. Got it? Sweet. This week’s film is:

Film: Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist

Click on the images to see them larger.

Posted on May 14, 2012, in Images, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Alex Withrow

    Love this feature. This Bergman masterpiece can best be summed up by the fourth-to-last still. Fucking breathtaking.

  2. Christian Hallbeck

    I like the opening scene of the four cheerful people coming up from the sea the best; followed by the picture of the open bedroom window (the cry from the sea gull and the sound of the lighthouse) and Björnstrand’s workroom (the Sarabande from Bach’s second cello suite; splendidly played by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson).

    As I just looked at the last picture, I suddenly recognised Björnstrand’s pose by the window, and immediately knew where I’ve seen it before: in Victor Sjöström’s film “Terje Vigen” from 1917. Sjöström died in january 1960; “Through a Glass Darkly” was shot the same summer. It’s no doubt in my mind that this pose by the window is a homage from Bergman to the old master, whom he admired throughout his life.

    What do you think?


  3. Great post! I love the movie and the screencaps you chose are perfect.

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