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Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

Gycklarnas afton (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 April 1956 (USA)
The complicated relationships between a circus ringmaster, his estranged wife and his lover.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Åke Grönberg ... Albert Johansson
Harriet Andersson ... Anne
Hasse Ekman ... Frans
Anders Ek ... Frost
Gudrun Brost ... Alma
Annika Tretow ... Agda
Erik Strandmark ... Jens
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Mr. Sjuberg
Curt Löwgren Curt Löwgren ... Blom
Kiki Kiki ... The Dwarf
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Storyline

While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven years ago, his wife Alma was surprised by him bathing naked in a lake with a regiment. When the circus arrives in the town where Albert's wife Agda and sons live, he decides to pay a visit with his young mistress Anne to a famous local troupe to borrow some capes, hats and vests for their tonight show. They are humiliated by the director Mr. Sjuberg, but he lends the pieces, and the lead actor Frans gives an unsuccessful pass on Anne. When Albert decides to visit Agda, the jealous Anne meets Frans, who seduces her with an apparently valuable necklace, and they have a love affair. Anne finds that the necklace is actually worthless and returns to the circus. Meanwhile, Agda refuses to accept Albert back and he sees Anne leaving the theater and going to the jewelry. During the exhibition, Albert and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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DESPERATELY they fought the desires, the passions that dragged them down deeper and deeper into... "The Naked Night" See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

9 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sawdust and Tinsel See more »

Filming Locations:

Arild, Skåne län, Sweden See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sandrews See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bergman's first collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist. See more »

Quotes

Blom: A lady and gentleman to see you, sir. I told them...
Mr. Sjuberg: Tell them to go to hell! No, wait. Bring them here.
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Alternate Versions

The missing scene (above) is in the Criterion Collection release. See more »

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References Variety (1925) See more »

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Stuck in hell.
31 May 2010 | by bobsgrockSee all my reviews

Ingmar Bergman has left a reputation as one of the premier cynics of the cinema. A lifelong agnostic, he always held the belief that God did not exist and this life offers little, if any condolences to counter that feeling.

After experimenting with various genres and trying to find his niche in the late 1940s, Bergman slowly began to establish himself as the finest Swedish film director ever known. This film, released in 1953, reminds me in many ways of the great Federico Fellini's 1954 film La Strada, also about a circus troupe and also focusing on the relationship between the aging circus leader and his female companion. Despite this common ground, the two great directors differ in that Fellini turns his attention to the joy and zest of performing and the difficulties that still lie within. With Bergman, troubles always abound and there is no shortage of sadness and sorrow. Indeed, none of these characters are truly happy in the way of the definition. Yet, they continuously search for some sort of satisfaction and happiness. Life is a long, sluggish journey that may never find its ultimate goal.

Despite the downbeat tone, Bergman was a fantastic cameraman and his early films show him finding his footing, foreshadowing the great films he would make later in his career. Here, his collaboration with the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist has its beginnings as we see some fantastic angles, mirror shots and uses of depth of focus and framing. The acting is terrific, particularly by Harriet Andersson, and the script supports the story well. A small gem, but nevertheless a gem from the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.


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