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5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive stuff!!!
Bergman's early masterpiece provides all the 'joy' of his exceptional artistic talent. Although the end is revealed at the beginning, the climax to this exceptional work is packed with a Sirkean melodramatic punch that left me stunned with emotion: a finale set against a rehearsal of Beethoven's 9th, Scandnavian stoicism and a quiet solitary spectator!

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Published on 17 May 2008 by Room For A View

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Ordinary, for this Extraordinary Director
A moderate and still early film from Bergman that explores death, marriage and ultimately hope, through another common theme for many of his films, classical music.

Starting off in an uneasy tone, a telephone call brings bad news. From them on we get an insightful drama how the relationship and then marriage of the couple started, hiccuped through career ups...
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Tim Kidner


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive stuff!!!, 17 May 2008
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This review is from: To Joy [DVD] [1949] (DVD)
Bergman's early masterpiece provides all the 'joy' of his exceptional artistic talent. Although the end is revealed at the beginning, the climax to this exceptional work is packed with a Sirkean melodramatic punch that left me stunned with emotion: a finale set against a rehearsal of Beethoven's 9th, Scandnavian stoicism and a quiet solitary spectator!

Themes of marital infidelity, unrealised ambition and misplaced angst populate the screenplay with an intensity that was to mature in Bergman's later films. The acting is exceptional and the photography hypnotic. For me Bergman's skill is unsurpassable and fortunatley this film is one of his many masterpieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but worth-while early Bergman, 8 April 2012
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This review is from: To Joy [DVD] [1949] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Ordinary, for this Extraordinary Director, 3 Feb 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Joy [DVD] [1949] (DVD)
A moderate and still early film from Bergman that explores death, marriage and ultimately hope, through another common theme for many of his films, classical music.

Starting off in an uneasy tone, a telephone call brings bad news. From them on we get an insightful drama how the relationship and then marriage of the couple started, hiccuped through career ups and downs, infidelities, children and then reconciliation.

It's well scripted, as usual. But, for me there's too much emphasis on watching orchestras rehearsing, whilst important to the story (the husband is a notable violinist, his wife a member of the same orchestra) to many this could seem like padding. Many of the ups and downs and tribulations they face are not at all unusual, either for Bergman, nor for a relationship drama by anybody else for that matter.

Despite its often bleak outlook, the classical piece "To Joy", aptly played by the orchestra at the end, sparks a new measure of hope and continuity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another unforgettable Bergman story., 21 Oct 2010
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This review is from: To Joy [DVD] [1949] (DVD)
It's been a while since I saw Summer With Monika [1952] [DVD] but this struck me as a companion piece, in so far as there is a romance, marriage, then problems and infidelity. We learn at the start that one of the characters dies, then the story goes back to tell about how things got started.

I love the way Bergman conveys, doesn't shy away from, eroticism, in a film from as long ago as 1949. I also love the way Swedes don't hold back or make much effort to spare each other's feelings. When the husband and wife argue neither backs down, even when one of them is manifestly in the wrong. And for all of us singletons there's hope to be gleaned from the fact that such a wet blanket as the young man - perhaps a self-portrait of the director, we're told - can win the love of a sensible good-looking girl.

One thing that is clunky is the scenes of the orchestra playing. The conductor - admittedly meant to be second rate - is wooden and the actors never look like they're playing their violins. Not as philosophical as some Bergman films and little or no references to God.

One of the lesser masterpieces.
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