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Sawdust and Tinsel

Ingmar Bergman

 
Sawdust and Tinsel (Criterion DVD)

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  • Sweden
  • 1953
  • 92 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #412

Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival in Sawdust and Tinsel, one of the late master’s most vivid early works. The story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-century traveling circus owner (Ake Grönberg) and his performer girlfriend (Harriet Andersson), the film features dreamlike detours and twisted psychosexual power plays that presage the director’s Smiles of a Summer Night and The Seventh Seal, works that would soon change the landscape of art cinema forever.

Cast

Albert Johansson Åke Grönberg
AnneHarriet Andersson
FransHasse Ekman
Teodor Frost Anders Ek
Alma, his wifeGudrun Brost
Agda, Albert's wife Annika Tretow
JensErik Strandmark
Mr. Sjuberg Gunnar Björnstrand

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
ScreenplayIngmar Bergman
CinematographySven Nykvist and Hilding Bladh
MusicKarl-Birger Blomdahl
Set designerBibi Lindström
CostumesMago
SoundOlle Jakobsson
EditingCarl-Olov Skeppstedt
Production managerLars-Owe Carlberg
Executive producerRune Waldekranz

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the film, featuring five minutes of material not included in previous U.S. editions
  • Audio commentary by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
  • Video introduction by Bergman from 2003
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic John Simon and an appreciation by filmmaker Catherine Breillat

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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Sawdust and Tinsel: The Lower Depths

By John Simon November 19, 2007

Ingmar Bergman made some outstanding films before Sawdust and Tinsel (1953). But that film, released in America under the meretricious title The Naked Night—and known in Sweden as The Clown’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Sawdust and Tinsel: Awakening

By Catherine Breillat November 19, 2007

In 2003, on the occasion of the Cinémathèque française’s complete retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s work, ten filmmakers were invited to present one of his films that had a significant effect on . . . Read more »

Video

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Bergman’s Dreams

By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore October 03, 2013

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News

Scenes from a Director’s Life

December 23, 2009

He created some of film’s most dramatic moments, and his own experiences are about to become the stuff of drama. A series based on the life and career of Ingmar Bergman is currently in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_436_018_thumbnail

Sawdust and Tinsel: The Lower Depths

By John Simon November 19, 2007

Ingmar Bergman made some outstanding films before Sawdust and Tinsel (1953). But that film, released in America under the meretricious title The Naked Night—and known in Sweden as The Clown’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_436_102_thumbnail

Sawdust and Tinsel: Awakening

By Catherine Breillat November 19, 2007

In 2003, on the occasion of the Cinémathèque française’s complete retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s work, ten filmmakers were invited to present one of his films that had a significant effect on . . . Read more »