If a modern remake of this was done, there would probably be graphic images of the hallucinations, music to set the tone, slick camera work in order to ram the subject matter down the throats of a modern movie going audience who need to be spoon fed. None of this is needed in this powerful portrayal of the descent into mental illness and its effect on the person involved and the people around them. We didn't see one hallucination, but we knew she was having them and it was chilling to watch, and just occasionally, one of Bach's solo cello works played in the background. What a perfect fit to the movie. "I have seen God, and he was a spider".
Part 1 in Bergman's "Faith Trilogy". This film could have easily been a stage play such is the simplicity of the whole thing. I had never seen such a beautiful exporation of faith, mental illness and the face of God. Such a powerful final 10 minutes as well.
Very clever journey into one woman's experience of mental illness. Stunningly shot in b&w and with the barest of locations. One of Bergman's best.