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Sawdust and Tinsel

1953 Rated NR 1hr 33m

Aging circus performer Albert (Åke Grönberg) angers his mistress (Harriet Andersson) when he visits his estranged wife, triggering a roundelay of sexual betrayal and emotional anguish in this early Ingmar Bergman classic. Reviled by critics upon its release, the film is now regarded as an essential Bergman work, highlighted by a legendary flashback in which Albert recalls a clown who finds his wife swimming nude before a crowd of soldiers.

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Movie Details

Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

Swedish: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; video introduction by Ingmar Bergman from 2003; essay by critic John Simon; an appreciation by filmmaker Catherine Breillat.