Stig’s growing fear of ending up as a sterile second-rater ruins the marriage.
The orchestra leader Söderby’s (Victor Sjöström) attempts to convince Stig (Stig Olin) to give up the idea of becoming a distinguished soloist; good orchestral musicians are also important. His advice falls on deaf ears.
Stig (Stig Olin) and the orchestra colleauge Marcel (Birger Malmsten). Work on the script began when Bergman and Malmsten were vacationing together on the French Riviera.
Stig (Stig Olin): ’ You don't understand. I don't want a child, I hate children. You think this is a good world to come into? I prefer extinction.’
Stig (Stig Olin) and daughter Lisa (Eva Fritz-Nilsson).
Stig (Stig Olin), Mikael (John Ekman) and Nelly Bro (Margit Carlqvist). To Joy would be the silent film pioneer Johan Ekman’s last film.
Mikael Bro’s young wife Nelly (Margit Carlqvist) does her best to seduce Stig (Stig Olin).
Stig’s (Stig Olin) solo performance is a disaster. The scene was filmed in the Great Hall of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Bergman’s notes about the film’s last scene.