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Gycklarnas afton (1953)

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Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country Sweden

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Other Titles
• Gycklarnas afton (1953)
• Abend der Gaukler (1953)
• The Naked Night (1956)
• Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
• Sunset of a Clown (1953)

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Genre: Drama, Suspense, On The Road

Tagline: DESPERATELY they fought the desires, the passions that dragged them down deeper and deeper into... "The Naked Night"

Plot: Ingmar Bergman’s SAWDUST AND TINSEL bears a resemblance to his later, better-known features in its harsh treatment of human relationships. Jealousy, lovers taking turns humiliating one other, selfish sexual desire--all these are familiar themes that would be developed further by Bergman later on, but the film’s final moments seem to hold a rare promise of reconciliation. Albert Johansson (Åke Grönberg) is a sad, pathetic man who has given up domestic tranquillity for an uncertain life on the road as the director of the traveling Circus Alberti. Since leaving his wife and children, he has taken up with young bareback rider Anne (Harriet Andersson, who often played sexy, earthy characters in Bergman movies of the period). In Albert’s old hometown the couple approaches the haughty director of a local theater company (Gunnar Björnstrand) to borrow props and costumes for the night’s performance. Anne falls for the dandylike ham actor Frans (Hasse Ekman), who subsequently insults Albert in public, and a physical confrontation between the two men ensues. The film is formally captivating throughout and contains a celebrated, somewhat surreal flashback sequence early on, reminiscent of German Expressionist cinema, in which a white-faced clown (played by Anders Ek) suffers a breakdown

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 Directed by
Ingmar Bergman
The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander
 Written by
Harriet Andersson
Dogville, Cries and Whispers, Through a Glass Darkly
Hasse Ekman
Anders Ek
The Seventh Seal, Cries and Whispers, Hallo Baby
Gudrun Brost
The Virgin Spring, Hour of the Wolf, Här har du ditt liv
Erik Strandmark
The Seventh Seal
The Golden Mistress
 Music By
Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Made in Sweden

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