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To Joy (Eclipse Collection) (1949)

Cast: Berit Holmstrom, Berit Holmstrom, Maj-Britt Nilsson, more...
Director: Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 95 min.

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Synopsis
This relatively minor film by legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman examines the progress of the marriage of two violinists. The film's title, To Joy, refers to the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the "Ode to Joy," and the film itself ends on what is (for Bergman) a cheerful note. Stig (Stig Olin), the husband, despite having great ambitions, simply does not have what it takes to be a violin soloist. He is unable to accept this reality and is given to childish outbursts when the issue arises. The conductor (Victor Sjostrom) of the orchestra tries to counsel Stig, but his difficulties of getting through to the boy are compounded by the his awe at the joy Stig and his wife (Maj-Britt Nilsson) take in each other's company. The film covers the entire extent of their marriage. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide



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