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Thirst (1949)

Törst (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 July 1961 (USA)
A needy couple in a bad marriage travel back to Stockholm after a trip to Italy. Meanwhile, a widow resists seductions from two different persons - her psychiatrist and a lesbian friend.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writers:

Herbert Grevenius, Birgit Tengroth (short stories)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eva Henning ... Ruth
Birger Malmsten ... Bertil
Birgit Tengroth ... Viola
Hasse Ekman ... Dr. Rosengren
Mimi Nelson ... Valborg (as Mimmi Nelson)
Bengt Eklund ... Raoul
Gaby Stenberg ... Astrid
Naima Wifstrand ... Miss Henriksson
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Storyline

In 1946, nervous ballet dancer Ruth and her husband Bertil are returning to Sweden from his scholarship tour around Italy. In a Basle hotel room and on a train they quarrel; give food through the window to starving Germans; overhear wisdoms about marriage by Swedish clergymen returning from a conference; and finally make up. In flashbacks, Ruth reminisces her romance with middle-aged officer Raoul, her subsequent abortion, and her ballet career. In a seemingly separate episode set in quiet Stockholm during Midsummer, middle-aged widow Viola is harassed first by a psychiatrist, Dr. Rosengren, and then by a lesbian old school-friend Valborg, with tragic consequences. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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... the off-beat story of a strange relationship...condemned by the world... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | German

Release Date:

11 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirst See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of three theatrical films directed by Ingmar Bergman that he did not write. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Tartan region 2 DVD restores the ending of the scene between Viola and her lesbian former schoolmate Valborg, in which the latter tries to seduce the former by getting her drunk. This had been cut by the Swedish censors before the film's original release and had never been seen publicly before 2004. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Three Scenes with Ingmar Bergman (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Non più andrai
(uncredited)
from "Le nozze di Figaro"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Swedish Lyrics by Bernhard Crusell
Sung by Bengt Eklund
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Very interesting early Bergman movie
7 October 2005 | by gelasmaSee all my reviews

True, the movie has got a few flaws, mostly in the construction; the structure lacks necessity and the flashbacks appear a bit randomly, it seems. However, the essential Bergman is already present (it's 1949): a few absolutely superb close-ups on the main characters' faces, the way people suddenly appear on camera, from unexpected angles, etc. And Bergman is already displaying some of the themes he will use constantly : the train travel, war and ruins as a background for difficult relationships, plus of course the impossibility and at the same time the inevitability of the relationship between man and woman : it's doomed, but there's no other way... In fact, the French title is "La fontaine d'Aréthuse", which points to this very idea. Precisely, I'd like to discuss another point : the original title is "Thirst". And in fact, people in the movie drink a lot : wine, beer, milk, or fail to drink : in a dramatic moment, one character refuses to drink coffee, tea is prepared, but doesn't taste good. I believe people never drink water, but water (the sea) is the backdrop for the happiest moment of the movie and the most desperate (with the suggestion of a suicide). For Bergman, I believe, Man is essentially thirsty, is desperately thirsty for something to calm and comfort him. But the world is hostile, relationships can offer only brief moments of satisfaction on a backdrop of tension and pain. Other comments on this title ? Very interesting movie overall.


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