To Joy

To Joy

By Ingmar Bergman

  • Genre: Ingmar Bergman
  • Release Date: 1950-02-20
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Production Company: Mosaic
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
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Taking its title from Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” adapted by Beethoven for his Ninth Symphony, this tragic romance opens with a violinist, Stig (Stig Olin), learning of the sudden death of his wife, Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson). During a prolonged flashback, Stig remembers the delights and tribulations of their relationship, back to their early days in the orchestra conducted by the eminent Sönderby (Victor Sjöström), a time when Stig was riddled with self-doubt. An undeniably personal work for Ingmar Bergman, To Joy is a compelling tale of a young man’s struggle with the demons standing in the way of his happiness.