Ingmar Bergman

Sawdust and Tinsel

Sawdust and Tinsel

Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in Sawdust and Tinsel, one of the master’s most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-twentieth-century circus owner (Åke Grönberg) and his younger mistress (Harriet Andersson), a horseback rider in the traveling show, the film features dreamlike detours and twisted psychosexual power plays, making for a piercingly brilliant depiction of physical and spiritual degradation.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1953
  • 92 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #412

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration (Blu-ray) or restored high-definition digital transfer of the film (DVD), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
  • Introduction by Bergman from 2003
  • PLUS: An essay by critic John Simon and (DVD only) an appreciation by filmmaker Catherine Breillat
    New cover by Sarah Habibi

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Collector's Set

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Blu-Ray Box Set

30 Discs

Ships Nov 20, 2018

$239.96

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration (Blu-ray) or restored high-definition digital transfer of the film (DVD), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
  • Introduction by Bergman from 2003
  • PLUS: An essay by critic John Simon and (DVD only) an appreciation by filmmaker Catherine Breillat
    New cover by Sarah Habibi
Sawdust and Tinsel
Cast
Åke Grönberg
Albert Johansson
Harriet Andersson
Anne
Hasse Ekman
Frans
Anders Ek
Teodor Frost
Gudrun Brost
Alma, his wife
Annika Tretow
Agda, Albert's wife
Erik Strandmark
Jens
Gunnar Björnstrand
Mr. Sjuberg
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Screenplay
Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Cinematography
Hilding Bladh
Music
Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Set designer
Bibi Lindström
Costumes
Mago
Sound
Olle Jakobsson
Editing
Carl-Olov Skeppstedt
Production manager
Lars-Owe Carlberg
Executive producer
Rune Waldekranz

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.