Miss Julie (Froken Julie)


(out of 5)

Dull version of August Strindberg’s famous, tragic play.  is excellent as the self-destructive heiress who has broken off her engagement to a man she doesn’t love and finds romance with one of her servants. She would like to escape with him to another country where their upstairs-downstairs affair could be free of social constraints, but her constant sorrow and paranoia seem an imminent prevention to this solution. A movie of this sort, particularly from a Strindberg play, couldn’t possibly expect to be much fun, but the turgid drama is flat and doesn’t offer the kind of tragedy that Ingmar Bergman movies usually feature (after all, didn’t Bergman make staying up all night and rehashing life’s miseries into a sort of party game?) Features a supporting performance by Swedish superstar  and an early appearance by Bibi Andersson.


Sweden, 1951

Directed by 

Screenplay by Alf Sjoberg, based on the play by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by 

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1951


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