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Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) More at IMDbPro »Gycklarnas afton (original title)

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9 April 1956 (USA) See more »
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The creator of the celebrated "Torment" probes deep into the passions of a young girl...deep into the desires of two lustful men...deep into the drama and desperation of THE NAKED NIGHT See more »
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A dark, disturbing dream See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Blom
Kiki ... The Dwarf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lissi Alandh ... Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Julie Bernby ... Ropewalker (uncredited)
John W. Björling ... Greven - Circus Artist (uncredited)
Naemi Briese ... Mrs. Meijer - Circus Artist (uncredited)
Michael Fant ... Fair Anton (uncredited)
Karl-Axel Forssberg ... Theatre Actor (uncredited)
Åke Fridell ... Artillery Officer (uncredited)
Erna Groth ... Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Eric Gustafson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Conrad Gyllenhammar ... Fager - Circus Artist (uncredited)
Vanje Hedberg ... Mrs. Ekberg's Son (uncredited)
Agda Helin ... Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Mats Hådell ... Lill-Albert - Albert and Agda's Youngest Son (uncredited)
Gunborg Larsson ... Mrs. Tanti - Circus Artist (uncredited)
Gunnar Lindberg ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Göran Lundquist ... Albert and Agda's Oldest Son (uncredited)
Olav Riégo ... Theatre Actor (uncredited)
Hanny Schedin ... Mrs. Asta (uncredited)
John Starck ... Theatre Actor (uncredited)
Mona Sylwan ... Mrs. Fager - Circus Artist (uncredited)
Majken Torkeli ... Mrs. Ekberg - Member of the Orchestra (uncredited)
Sigvard Törnqvist ... Meijer - Circus Artist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  uncredited

Produced by
Rune Waldekranz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Karl-Birger Blomdahl 
 
Cinematography by
Hilding Bladh 
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Carl-Olov Skeppstedt 
 
Production Design by
Bibi Lindström 
 
Costume Design by
Mago 
 
Makeup Department
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Olle Jacobsson .... sound (as Olle Jakobsson)
Gösta Björk .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Dittmer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lars Jönsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... location manager
John W. Björling .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Marianne Johnson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Alva Lundin .... title designer (uncredited)
Sigvard Törnqvist .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Rune Zetterlund .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gycklarnas afton" - Sweden (original title)
"The Naked Night" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min
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Originally marketed in the States as a sex film under the title "The Naked Night".See more »
Quotes:
Anne:I can crack nuts with my teeth too.
Frans:Now I'm scared.
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Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) (TV)See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A dark, disturbing dream, 24 July 2001
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

It's undoubtedly true, as has been pointed out in a newsgroup review, that the characters in this film are not particularly likable. I have never been able to understand why that should necessarily work against a film's worth or effectiveness, though. Profound darkness seems to me an integral part of Bergman's work, at least the earlier films like this one. If you're looking for action, adventure, or romance, you're certainly barking up the wrong tree here, and the idea of identifying with the characters in this film scares the hell out of me. Maybe it's just not suited to some viewer's personalities.

You're not likely to come across `Sawdust and Tinsel' much these days, unless it's at an art-house, museum or festival screening, or on video. Here in the U.S., Public Television used to show Bergman films in the distant past. That time is long gone, but I can well remember seeing it on TV as a kid, and its imagery lingered in my mind like a vivid nightmare. The black and white cinematography, with wonderful use of darkness and silhouettes, makes it a very beautiful-looking film, but it is unrelentingly dark and gloomy.

Not for everybody, but it is what it is, and Bergman is Bergman. Its dream-like imagery and brutal, primal view of human nature can leave a deep impression, especially on impressionable viewers. This is undoubtedly why having seen it when growing up, I've never forgotten it. Though it doesn't seem to be particularly well-regarded these days, I regard it as great and powerful cinema in the Bergman/Nykvist tradition. At the very least, its cinematography should be well-appreciated by anyone who admires the look of films like `The Virgin Spring, ` or `The Silence.'

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