Music in Darkness

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Music in Darkness
File:Music in Darkness.jpg
Swedish cover
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Lorens Marmstedt
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Dagmar Edqvist
Starring Mai Zetterling
Birger Malmsten
Music by Erland von Koch
Release dates
  • 17 January 1948 (1948-01-17)
Running time
87 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Music in Darkness (Swedish: Musik i mörker) is a 1948 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman.


The screenplay was written by Bergman and Dagmar Edqvist,[1][2] whose novel, Music In Darkness, is the basis of the film.

Talented pianist Bengt Vyldeke loses his sight after being accidentally shot during a military exercise. Bengt is gripped by increasing bitterness and develops a relationship with Ingrid, a lower-class girl employed as a servant in the home of Bengt's parents.

The theme of blindness and of a blind's person subjective experience plays a major role in the psychological study depicted in the movie. Bergman was deeply passionate about music and once said,[3] "If I had to choose between losing my eyes or ears—I would keep my ears. I can't imagine anything more terrible than to have my music taken away from me."



  1. On Dagmar Edqvist's Novel [1] (retrieved 22 November 2010)
  2. Ingmar Gergman Foundation—Music in the Darkness – [2] (retrieved 22 November 2010)
  3. [3] Bergman on Music

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