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Ingmar Bergman's THROUGH A GLASS DARKLYl | Swedenborg Film Season 2012

27 Sep 2012

Event times

7.00 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm)

Cost of entry

Free (but limited capacity; booking advised)

Swedenborg House

London, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Nearest underground stations: Tottenham Court Road and Holborn

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Special screening of Bergman's classic work in Swedenborg Hall

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As the final installment in the Swedenborg Film Season 2012, we are pleased to present THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (1961) at Swedenborg Hall, 'one of London's most atmospheric venues' (The Guardian). Admission is free but capacity is limited. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (Sà ¥som 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 Fà ¥rö. 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 Passgà ¥rd) 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. Doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. Admission is free but capacity is limited. Advance booking is highly recommended via nora@swedenborg.org.uk. ABOUT THE SWEDENBORG FILM SEASON Weekly screenings of films by Ingmar Bergman in grade-II-listed Swedenborg Hall, 'one of London's most atmospheric venues' (The Guardian). Admission is free but capacity is limited. Following the success of last year's season of Robert Bresson films, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming screening of three great films by the Swedish director Ingmar Berman. Well known for his interest in Swedenborg, Bergman wrote and directed over fifty feature films, and from the late 1950s his work has since become canonical to ‘art-house' movie culture, academic cinema studies and film clubs all over the world. In addition to filmmaking he has also directed and produced numerous plays, including a famous interpretation of August Strindberg's Inferno, itself heavily influenced by the work of Swedenborg. The films selected for screening at Swedenborg house all feature images and symbols redolent of ideas found in Swedenborg, as well as being reflective of the great early period of Bergman's cinematic career. The Swedenborg film season is now an annual event organized/curated by Stephen McNeilly and Nora Foster, with Howard Turner serving as in-house projectionist.

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