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 ...
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DESPERATELY they fought the desires, the passions that dragged them down deeper and deeper into... "The Naked Night"
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Did You Know?
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
Don't you realize how grateful I am?
That's right - grateful. When you left me, I finally found peace. My life was my own again. No more of that dreadful circus that I always loathed and feared. All those people shouting and swearing, always begin on the road, that world of misery, lice, disease. No, my dear, I'm happy now. And grateful.
A scene in the first half of the film, in which the circus troupe parades into town to publicize their show, is unaccountably missing from the American version. In this scene, one furthering the film's theme of humiliation, the local police confiscate the performers' horses, which forces them to pull the heavy wagons back to their camp themselves. See more