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(Three Strange Loves)


Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth, Hasse Ekman,

A voyage across a war-scarred Europe forms the background of a married couple’s collapsing relationship in Bergman’s dreamlike early work, a fascinatingly untethered first run at the themes of isolation, emotional torment, and romantic masochism that would make up much of his later career. “A sort of Voyage in Italy revised by Sartre” (Cinema 58), Thirst focuses on a couple on a train while leaping forward and back to other relationships—a widow and her lecherous psychiatrist, a lonely dancer—all connected by a similar hopelessness. Technically remarkable, the film showcases Bergman’s growing assurance at cinematic storytelling.  

  • Herbert Grevenius
Based On
  • the novel by Birgit Tengroth

  • Gunnar Fischer
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 84 mins
  • Janus Films

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Three strange loves (review), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1988

Ingmar Bergman's magic lantern: life as art in retrospect (program note), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Ulrike Rainer, 1988

Three strange loves (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Tom Luddy, 1975

Thirst (program note), Roosevelt University Film Society, Forsyth Hardy, 1957

Torst (review), Variety, Winq., 1950

Three strange loves (distributor materials), Janus Films

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