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A masterpiece, one of Bergman's best


This is simply a great film and one of my favourite of Bergman's many superb films. I wonder why it is usually not mentioned among his best works. The climax of the film was very strong. I consider the best of the so called "faith trilogy." I have watched Darkly twice and found it more rewarding the second time around. Anyone else think this is one of Bergman's better films?

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Personally I think it's the best movie I've ever seen, even though Bergman himslef find the ending very weak. But for me it's amazing, and the film as a whole is immensely powerful, moving and thought provoking. And the performance by Harriet Andersson is absolutely stunning.

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Fantastic film...beautifully textured thematically as well as photographically

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Just saw this film a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I feel that Winter Light is much stronger and thought-stimulating; I can only hope that The Silence is even better than these two classics.

As for the ending, I feel that it was a bit "rushed" and could have been improved upon.

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The Silence is pretty amazing too. I just watched it last night, in fact. I still like Through a Glass Darkly the best though.

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Nice post, Jan. The black and white photography is opulent. Remember the scene early on when they fetch the milk?

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Not one of his best, but it was a gorgeous film, there's no doubt about it.

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Definately a strong film, and one that struck me greatly the first time I saw it. However rewatching it recently I found the dialogue a little heavy and forced. Maybe this is part of the concept mirrored in the father agonising over being unable to get the text of his book right. It would certainly fit with the theme, a dificultly in expressing their beliefs, and a searching for something higher and inexpressible. All in all though I prefer the overall feel of some of his other films more.

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I am going through the films chronologically on DVD and nothing has yet to convince me that my first impression (of 10 years ago) was not wrong - that this is Bergman's magnum opus.

He belittles it in his writing. He was way off the mark!

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I honestly hate you. 8 bucks! Wow. The only buy I've ever made that kind of equals that one is The Special Edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (retail, $29.99) at $5.99.

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Wow. Roger sure has very bad clientele (I mean, regarding taste). I've yet to see that Polanski... is it as good as so many people say it is? Is it really a Bergmanesque chamber drama or something?

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If I'd been the clerk I'd have wrestled you for them.

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Disagree completely. Not only was the ending awful, so was the whole film.
As for Bergman's best, to me it's probably Wild Strawberries or Persona.

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I refuse to hate you, mesca, though I am paying $45 for the trilogy to donate to my library. Rock on, Roger's Video!

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It's pretty good, yes. I'll have to watch it more than once, but I'd say it's one of Bergman's best, so that's obviously saying a lot.



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Just goes to show how subjective film is. This is the 13th Bergman film I have seen and my least favourite. They say unlucky for some.

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