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Ingmar Bergman

Sawdust and Tinsel

Gycklarnas afton

Bergman’s tale of the trials, tribulations and temptations of an ageing owner of a circus and his young mistress.

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Sweden 1953
Dir Ingmar Berman
With Harriet Andersson, Ake Grönberg, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek
95min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Bergman’s tale of the trials, tribulations and temptations of the ageing owner of an ailing circus and his young mistress is not only an acerbic exploration of desire, deceit, jealousy and humiliation; it’s also a sardonic portrait of a struggling artist/charlatan facing all sorts of distractions and obstacles. Its baroque expressionism nods to EA Dupont’s Variety, while a virtuoso early flashback is reminiscent of Eisenstein.


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