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Music in the Dark

(Musik i mörker)
(Night Is My Future)


Mai Zetterling, Birger Malmsten, Bengt Eklund, Olof Winnwestrand,

Still waiting for a financial success after four tries, Bergman took on a film story meant to guarantee a profit—or rather, more or less constrained to do so. To the relief of his producer, this film actually was a modest success. The conventional storyline relates the developing relationship between Bengt, a young musician blinded in an accident during his military service, and Ingrid, a lower-class servant girl in the home of Bengt’s parents. In A Ship Bound for India, blindness is a minor motif; here it is developed into a full-blown psychological study and metaphor for youthful angst. The feverish dream sequence after the initial accident is particularly vivid and striking, especially given the cinematic constraints inherent in depicting a blind person’s subjective experience. Bergman’s restless early experimentation with different styles here includes the classic Hitchcock conceit of filming himself in cameo; look for a young Bergman as a passenger on the train at the end of the film.

Mark Sandberg
  • Dagmar Edqvist
Based On
  • the novel by Dagmar Edqvist

  • Göran Strindberg
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 88 mins
  • Svenska Filminstitutet

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The films of Ingmar Bergman (program note), New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.), Jim Monaco, 1973

Night is my future (review), Filmfacts, Bosley Crowther, 1963

Night is my future (exhibitor manual), Embassy Pictures, 1962

Musik i mörker (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, T.K., 1961

Musik i morker (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1959

Music i morker (review), Variety, Winq., 1948

Illuminating Ingmar Bergman (program note), Pacific Film Archive

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