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To Joy (1950)

Till glädje (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 February 1950 (Sweden)
Two violinists playing in the same orchestra fall in love and get married, but they can't get along.

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Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maj-Britt Nilsson ... Marta Olsson
Stig Olin ... Stig Eriksson
Birger Malmsten ... Marcel
John Ekman ... Mikael Bro
Margit Carlqvist ... Nelly Bro
Victor Sjöström ... Sönderby
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Stig, a visiting soloist to a small Swedish orchestra, marries fellow musician Martha, but the inner torment and sense of failure in Stig leads to an extra-marital affair and a tragic ending. Written by Edward Terence Ferrari <e.t.ferrari@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

20 February 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

To Joy See more »

Filming Locations:

Arild, Skåne län, Sweden See more »

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$5,135
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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One of four Ingmar Bergman films never released theatrically in the US, although it did appear in America on videotape in 1984, and on Blu-ray in 2018 See more »

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Featured in Minns Ni? (1993) See more »

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SYMPHONY NO 9, OP. 125 ('AN DIE FREUDE')
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Uneven, but still worth-while early Bergman
8 April 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Somewhat one-sided and sometimes melodramatic portrait of a doomed marriage, this still has it share of lovely moments, not least of which is the on-screen performance of great classical music by the orchestra that both protagonists are part of.

While their romance starts sweetly, Stig rapidly turns into a hateful character, his failure to reach stardom as a solo musician translated into taking out his frustrations on his sweet wife, and coldly having an affair to counter his feelings of impotence and self-loathing.

While an interesting portrait of an artist's own ambition standing in the way of being better at their craft (it's Stig's need for approval and outward success that doesn't allow him to really thrown himself, body and soul into his music – or his marriage), Marta his wife just comes off as too perfect a martyr.

There are moments where the acting is very strong, and some of the photography is lovely, but the film just feels a bit like the character of Stig – too self-conscious and too sure about who is right and wrong. Still, there are lots of hints of Bergman's genius to come, and it's well worth seeing for those.


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