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To Joy (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on August 8, 2009

This week’s Bergman is one that I’ve already seen twice, and one of the few that I enjoyed less the second time around, so how does it fare on the third viewing?  My opinion of it has actually declined even more.  For the most part, it lacks the intensity and authenticity of Bergman’s other films dealing with stormy relationships, and something about it feels too neat and tidy, too self-contained.  The flashback montage at the end, on top of “Ode to Joy”, is alarmingly clichéd and cheap for Ingmar (who himself described his use of Beethoven as “shameless”).  I feel silly now for rating it so highly on my first time around, although it does have some fine moments, and its comments on coping with mediocrity are potent.  Rating: 7


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