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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 ... Rut
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 film that dares explore the secrets of a woman's love-starved soul! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | German

Release Date:

11 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirst See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 Dårskapens hus (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Te dans mä Kalstatösera
(uncredited)
Music by Erik Uppström
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Bergman's Mature Style is Visibly Coalescing
25 January 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Like 'The Silence', 'Thirst' is a sex drama set in a war zone, while energetically employing the same nonlinear narrative structure Bergman would later bring to triumphant fruition in 'Wild Strawberries' - fluidly shifting throughout in time and place - but put to much less wistful use as a bickering couple squabble and she chain smokes as they pass through a Europe still full of the displaced.

Only his second film with his first great collaborator as cameraman, Gunnar Fischer, Bergman had a great fondness at this time for sliding his camera through walls, and the film is quite intoxicating to watch.


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