Sawdust and Tinsel
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 14, 1953
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It has great performances and is a visual treat, but its masochistic storyline might not be for all tastes.

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[Anticipates] Bergman's mature works.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A major early feature by Ingmar Bergman.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Pain and degradation follow, inevitably before the eyes of a derisive crowd.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not just a showcase for motifs that Bergman would use to create masterpieces later; it's a great film all by itself.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
a stunning film, simple yet full of profound trails of thought and character development. by the end it's hard not to think deeply about the course of… More
Antonius Block
My goodness, wasn't Ingmar Bergman on fire during the 50's? While the story in Tinsel and Sawdust is less pleasant than some of his other films,… More
Cassandra Maples
I first, and probably, last saw this wonderful film over 7 years ago. It has not been easy to catch again and then I think that when the time since you have… More
Tom S.
Bergman does Fellini before Fellini did Fellini.
John Ballantine
A Bergman film that I had not seen but which grew on me to a large degree. It is very powerful with very griping performances. Stays with you.
Emily B.
Oh Ingmar, you never fail to impress me! The plot concerning the lives of a circus troupe is simple and nothing new but Bergman makes it his own. Filled with… More