Sawdust and Tinsel
+ intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large
Ingmar Bergman’s classic portrait of a travelling circus beset by financial problems and rocky sexual relationships.
Harriet Andersson, Ace Grönberg, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek
Sweden 1953. 93min
Set in the early 1900s, Bergman’s film about the trials and tribulations faced by a failing travelling circus hones in on the rocky relationship of the ageing owner and his younger lover; deception, recrimination, revenge and humiliation run their course... The striking Expressionist camerawork, uniformly fine performances, and Bergman’s acerbic script – which revels in regarding life as a circus act – make for bracing entertainment.