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Gycklarnas Afton (The Naked Night) (1953)

DESPERATELY they fought the desires, the passions that dragged them down deeper and deeper into... "The Naked Night"

Original Title : Gycklarnas afton
Director : Ingmar Bergman
Writer : Ingmar Bergman
Genre : Drama
Country : Sweden
Language : Swedish
Producer : Rune Waldekranz
Music : Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Photography : Hilding Bladh
Sven Nykvist
IMDB ID : 0045848
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Gycklarnas Afton (The Naked Night) (1953) - Ingmar Bergman
 

Starring

Åke Grönberg Albert Johansson
Harriet Andersson Anne
Hasse Ekman Frans
Anders Ek Frost
Gudrun Brost Alma
Annika Tretow Agda
Erik Strandmark Jens
Gunnar Björnstrand Mr. Sjuberg
Curt Löwgren Blom
Kiki The Dwarf
Lissi Alandh Theatre actress (uncredited
Julie Bernby Rope walker (uncredited
John W. Björling Greven, circus artist (uncredited
Naemi Briese Mrs. Meijer, circus artist (uncredited
Michael Fant Fair Anton (uncredited
Karl-Axel Forssberg Theatre actor (uncredited
Åke Fridell Artillery officer (uncredited
Erna Groth Theatre actress (uncredited
Eric Gustafson Policeman (uncredited
Conrad Gyllenhammar Fager, circus artist (uncredited
Mats Hådell Lill-Albert, Albert and Agda's youngest son (uncredited
Vanja Hedberg Mrs. Ekberg's son (uncredited
Agda Helin Theatre actress (uncredited
Gunborg Larsson Mrs. Tanti, circus artist (uncredited
Gunnar Lindberg Police constable (uncredited
Göran Lundquist Albert and Agda's oldest son (uncredited
Olav Riégo Theatre actor (uncredited
Hanny Schedin Mrs. Asta (uncredited
John Starck Theatre actor (uncredited
Mona Sylwan Mrs. Fager, circus artist (uncredited
Majken Torkeli Mrs. Ekberg, member of the orchestra (uncredited
Sigvard Törnqvist Meijer, circus artist (uncredited
 

Plot

On a gray morning, a circus caravan arrives in the town where Albert the ringmaster's family lives. He hasn't seen them for three years and has taken a mistress, the young and buxom Anne. Albert calls on his wife, Anne, jealous and wanting out, visits a theatrical troupe and lets an actor, Frans, seduce her in exchange for a necklace he says is valuable. Anne finds out it's worthless at about the same time Albert's wife declines to let him live with the family. Albert and Anne are stuck with the circus and each other, there's a show tonight, Frans will be there smirking and sardonic, the bear is mangy, the clown is as sour as they come, and suicide offers an exit.
 

Comments

A dark, disturbing dream It's undoubtedly true, as has been pointed out in a newsgroup review, that the characters in this film are not particularly likable.I have never been able to understand why that should necessarily work against a film's worth or effectiveness, though.Profound darkness seems to me an integral part of Bergman's work, at least the earlier films like this one.If you're looking for action, adventure, or romance, you're certainly barking up the wrong tree here, and the idea of identifying with the characters in this film scares the hell out of me.Maybe it's just not suited to some viewer's personalities. You're not likely to come across `Sawdust and Tinsel' much these days, unless it's at an art-house, museum or festival screening, or on video. Here in the U.S., Public Television used to show Bergman films in the distant past.That time is long gone, but I can well remember seeing it on TV as a kid, and its imagery lingered in my mind like a vivid nightmare. The black and white cinematography, with wonderful use of darkness and silhouettes, makes it a very beautiful-looking film, but it is unrelentingly dark and gloomy. Not for everybody, but it is what it is, and Bergman is Bergman.Its dream-like imagery and brutal, primal view of human nature can leave a deep impression, especially on impressionable viewers.This is undoubtedly why having seen it when growing up, I've never forgotten it.Though it doesn't seem to be particularly well-regarded these days, I regard it as great and powerful cinema in the Bergman/Nykvist tradition.At the very least, its cinematography should be well-appreciated by anyone who admires the look of films like `The Virgin Spring, ` or `The Silence.'
 
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