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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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An under-appreciated film 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)

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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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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An under-appreciated film, 25 June 2007
Author: TheMovieCritic_83 from Australia

It's amazing when a film is disliked and misunderstood when released, and is then praised and labelled as a masterpiece decades later. Ingmar Bergman's 'Sawdust and Tinsel' is one of those films. I'm not exactly sure why the film was regarded so lowly, but thankfully, it is now recognised for what it is.

The film isn't quite Bergman's best, but it is certainly close. 'Sawdust and Tinsel' is a pessimistic, yet truthful study of human nature in relationships. The film's central character, Albert, is a ringmaster of a travelling circus, and is passing through the town where his wife and children are living. The pair have been separated for some time and are clearly dealing with the situation in different ways. His wife Agda has moved on. Albert is still affected and has been unfaithful to his wife, as he is travelling along with his mistress. What unfolds is an interesting character study that looks at human insecurity, disloyalty, selfishness, unhappiness and emotional strain.

It's no wonder that Ingmar Bergman is titled 'The Swedish Master'. 'Sawdust and Tinsel' is full of insight and certainly shows Bergman's talent. He does some excellent things with mirrors in certain shots and creates a lot of mood throughout the film. The highlight is, without question, one of the first scenes in which Frost, the circus clown, comes to collect his wife Alma from the ocean, where she is swimming with an army regiment. Every element works and Alma's selfishness and Frost's pain are clear in the scene, adding to the effect. Practically everything that Bergman has done in this film is excellent. The only point of criticism though, is that the cinematography is a bit hit and miss, as some scenes are too bright, giving them an overexposed look. Then again, it could be that the film has just deteriorated with age.

This is an under-appreciated film that is certainly worth viewing. It is quite hard to come by, but maybe one day, someone will do a proper release on DVD.

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