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Thirst (1949)

Törst (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 July 1961 (USA)
A needy couple in a bad marriage travel back to Stockholm after a trip to Italy. Meanwhile, a widow resists seductions from two different persons - her psychiatrist and a lesbian friend.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writers:

Herbert Grevenius, Birgit Tengroth (short stories)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eva Henning ... Ruth
Birger Malmsten ... Bertil
Birgit Tengroth ... Viola
Hasse Ekman ... Dr. Rosengren
Mimi Nelson ... Valborg (as Mimmi Nelson)
Bengt Eklund ... Raoul
Gaby Stenberg ... Astrid
Naima Wifstrand ... Miss Henriksson
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Storyline

In 1946, nervous ballet dancer Ruth and her husband Bertil are returning to Sweden from his scholarship tour around Italy. In a Basle hotel room and on a train they quarrel; give food through the window to starving Germans; overhear wisdoms about marriage by Swedish clergymen returning from a conference; and finally make up. In flashbacks, Ruth reminisces her romance with middle-aged officer Raoul, her subsequent abortion, and her ballet career. In a seemingly separate episode set in quiet Stockholm during Midsummer, middle-aged widow Viola is harassed first by a psychiatrist, Dr. Rosengren, and then by a lesbian old school-friend Valborg, with tragic consequences. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Taglines:

In a moment of THIRST... all of their loves, their passions, their desires, their infidelities... BARED! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | German

Release Date:

11 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirst See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of three theatrical films directed by Ingmar Bergman that he did not write. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Tartan region 2 DVD restores the ending of the scene between Viola and her lesbian former schoolmate Valborg, in which the latter tries to seduce the former by getting her drunk. This had been cut by the Swedish censors before the film's original release and had never been seen publicly before 2004. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dårskapens hus (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Black and White Rag
(uncredited)
Music by George Botsford
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Long Live the Marriage!
2 July 2008 | by zolaaarSee all my reviews

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, men looking for dominance, acted out on a small scale: Here, Bergman serves up some technical and contentual elements which can be found throughout his later career. Several short stories written by Birgit Tengroth, who is playing Viola here, are melded, with the main plot involving Rut (Eva Henning) and Bertil (Birger Malmsten). But as soon as the couple arrives the train which will take them on a journey through Europe, Bergman somehow loses all side threads. One can sense how the director exerts to stage his idea of a marital- and love drama, though, it soon appears as a pretty faint attempt and at the end all plot lines remain fragmentarily. The characters and the images, however, linger. They tell the underlying story of Törst and convey this certain feeling of freedom, self-determination, and desire for love presented in a "steely, self-assured, stripped-down directorial style" which is Bergman's very own. That is why with this film one can expect something in the subsequent films of this yet young talent: a great subtlety in cinematic character psychology and lasting, poignant images.


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