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In the Presence of a Clown (1997)
"Larmar och gör sig till" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  1 November 1997 (Sweden)
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Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Uncle Carl Åkerblom
Marie Richardson ...
Pauline Thibualt
Osvald Vogler
Anita Björk ...
Anna Åkerblom
Agneta Ekmanner ...
Klovnen Rigmor
Märta Lundberg
Gunnel Fred ...
Emma Vogler
Gerthi Kulle ...
Sister Stella
Johan Lindell ...
Johan Egerman
Petrus Landahl
Folke Asplund ...
Fredrik Blom
Anna Björk ...
Mia Falk
Inga Landgré ...
Alma Berglund
Alf Nilsson ...
Stefan Larsson


Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to death his fiancée, Pauline Thibault. Together with another patient, Professor Osvald Vogler, they set up a film project: the living talkie. Before long, they set off on a frantic tour with their film, "The Joy of the Joyous Girl"... Written by Fredrik Klasson <>

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1 November 1997 (Sweden)  »

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Larmar och gör sig till  »

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Ingmar Bergman:  one of the inmates at the mental asylum (tall and lanky man with shaved head, standing against the wall outside uncle Carl's room). See more »


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A very good film, without it being one of Bergman's finest
27 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Approaching towards the end of my Ingmar Bergman quest, he has rapidly turned into a director that I now love and admire. And I'd say the same for his films too, in fact although there is a small handful that I've yet to see there have only been two films of his I didn't care for, All These Women and The Serpent's Egg. While it is not one of Bergman's best(The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander, Cries and Whispers and Persona), sometimes I did find it a bit too heavy on the symbolism, it is still a very good film and evidence that Bergman still had it towards the end of his career. His direction here is incisive and intelligent as it always was, not once is there signs of a director out of his depth like All These Women for example. For a TV film it is certainly a very professional-looking one with evocative settings and handsome(if not as expansive as his cinematic films) photography. The dialogue provokes a lot of thought and the story is deliberately paced, very interesting and like with almost all Bergman films conveys a large range of emotions. The characters as ever are compellingly real, and the acting only adds to that effect. Borje Ahlstedt in the lead role is particularly outstanding. In conclusion, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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