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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.

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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 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

Ingmar Bergman about the script; "I wrote it in a small hotel at Mosebacke Square, Stockholm, in the house as Södra Teatern. My room was crowded but with a magnificent view of the city and Saltsjön. There was a winding staircase from the hotel down to the theatre. In the evenings music was heard from the vaudeville stage. At night the actors and their odd guests was wining and dining in the hotel diner. In this environment "Gycklarnas Afton" was created in less than three weeks.". See more »

Quotes

Anne: What's wrong?
Albert Johansson: Wrong? Nothing.
Anne: You seem nervous.
Albert Johansson: Me? Not at all. Remember: I'll do the talking. You sit there quietly with your most charming smile. Sjuberg's very fond of pretty girls. Breathe deeply to show off your bosom and show him your legs if he asks. Don't worry - I'll be there. If he gets fresh, I'll slug him.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) See more »

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Along with Summer with Monika, one of the best of Bergman's early films
9 November 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While not quite one of Ingmar Bergman's best, it comes very close. It is a very professional-looking film, with many memorable images and Sven Nykvist's truly beautiful cinematography. The music also has a haunting quality to it, which fitted with the visuals perfectly. Combined with Bergman's superb direction, a pessimistic yet powerful story complete with very truthfully written and acted flashbacks, very compellingly real characters- they're not necessarily likable nor were they intended to be- and a very thought-provoking script Sawdust and Tinsel has so many good things about it. And then we have the acting, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Anders Ak, Ake Gronberg and especially Harriet Anderssen are all outstanding, Bjornstrand and Anderssen were regulars in Bergman's films and it is easy to see why. So overall, one of the best of Bergman's early films in my opinion. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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