To Joy

1950 *** 99 mins.

This early film from Ingmar Bergman shows some genuine prowess and promise. The film begins with a man finding out his estranged wife has died. Then, through a prolonged flashback, we learn about their rocky marriage together. The film is charming at times, heartbreaking at others. Victor Sjostrom stars as their conductor and friend, bringing a great focal point to the couple and the film. Stig and Marta both play the violin, and we are introduced to them as friends who embark on a relationship of so much more, and maybe even less. It's not a necessary Bergman film, but it's worth watching for the hardcore fan.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1.
Not Rated.

Stig Olin + Maj-Britt Nilsson + Birger Malmsten + John Ekman + Margit Carlqvist + Victor Sjostrom

Written and Directed by
Ingmar Bergman

TO JOY in The Criterion Collection

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