Gycklarnas afton (Sawdust and Tinsel)(Sunset of a Clown)(The Naked Night)
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Gycklarnas afton (Sawdust and Tinsel)(Sunset of a Clown)(The Naked Night)
This rich, powerful Ingmar Bergman film charts the frustrations and humiliations of several circus performers. The circus's portly owner, Albert (Ake Gronberg), recalls a humiliating incident involving the company's clown, Frost (Anders Ek), who discovered his wife, Alma (Gudrun Brost), swimming nude before a band of cheering soldiers. Having concluded his recollection, Albert visits his estranged wife, Agda (Annika Tretow), who realizes that he has made little money with his circus endeavor. While Albert endures the humiliating encounter with his wife, his jealous mistress, Anne… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vsually it is a treat, with Bergman's richly baroque compositions and persistent use of deep focus brilliantly exploiting the circus and theatre settings. And the performances are first-rate."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Not just a showcase for motifs that Bergman would use to create masterpieces later; it's a great film all by itself."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Hailed by some at the time of its release as Bergman's masterpiece, this is proof of the director's maturing visual and thematic style."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A major early feature by Ingmar Bergman."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It has great performances and is a visual treat, but its masochistic storyline might not be for all tastes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Anticipates] Bergman's mature works."
‑ , Film4
"Sawdust and Tinsel is Bergman's first film where the idea of humiliation, specifically sexual humiliation, becomes crucial to his conception."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Pain and degradation follow, inevitably before the eyes of a derisive crowd."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine