Sawdust and tinsel

Sawdust and tinsel

Gycklarnas afton

DVD - 2007 | Swedish
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A relationship between a turn-of-the-century traveling circus owner and his performer girlfriend suddenly changes, when they pull into the town where the owner's wife and children live, whom he hasn't seen in three years.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2007]
Edition: Special ed., full-screen.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781934121993
1934121991
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Nov 16, 2018

All the world is a dark and dreary stage indeed in Ingmar Bergman’s tragicomic look at human foibles and our endless search for something resembling love. Starting off with a fanciful flashback in which a circus clown is cuckolded by his seductive wife when she goes skinny-dipping with a cadre of soldiers (sometimes a cannon is not just a cannon) Bergman proceeds to make jesters of all his characters as they shamble in and out of the spotlight sharing a bit of drunken wisdom or punching each other in the face. A meeting between Albert and Mr. Sjuberg, a seasoned thespian and head of the neighbourhood theatre group, leads to a lecture on art versus artifice while a decisive confrontation between the ringmaster and his ursine alter ego ends with both a bang and a whimper. And throughout it all we catch glimpses of Sjuberg’s troupe rehearsing their latest play, a tragedy which ironically mimics our protagonist's own quandary. The stage may be adorned with sawdust and tinsel but the players ultimately walk away smelling faintly of manure. Ain’t life a bitch?

tkwu21 Mar 01, 2014

A beautiful piece by Ingmar Bergman. Compare to his other works, "Sawdust and Tinsel" has a very straight forward plotline rather than a bleak/ambiguous one. With a big cast and heavy production value, "Sawdust and Tinsel" gives us a glimpse of how Bergman viewed the class differences in Sweden despite it being a socialist(or rather equal) country. Although I love Bergman for his minimalist style, this is definitely one of the top Bergman films.

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