Gycklarnas afton / Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) DVD9 Criterion Collection
Sawdust and Tinsel presents the story of tormented relationships against the garish background of a low-budget traveling circus. Albert (Ake Gronberg), the circus ringmaster, has been tirelessly leading the circus from village to village over the past three years. He is married, but hasn't seen his wife once in those three years. When he decided to become a circus ringmaster, she elected to stay behind and run a little shop. Albert is both fearful and eager to return home, unsure of how his wife will receive him. This is deeply upsetting to Anne (Harriet Anderson), Albert's mistress. She declares that if Albert goes to visit his wife, she will not be waiting for him when or if he returns.
Albert is tired of the circus, and of his mistress, and goes to visit his wife anyway. The mistress reacts by paying a visit to Frans (Hasse Eckman), a lustful actor from the local theatre troupe. As the film progresses, Albert and Anna throw themselves into games of power, psychosexual manipulation, and jealousy—all culminating in a violent and bitter climax in the center of the circus ring.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:32:28 | 6.01 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Svenska, Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Actors: Ake Gronberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek, Gudrun Brost, Annika Tretow, Erik Strandmark, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Kiki

Edition Details:
• 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

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