Criterion Collection: Sawdust and Tinsel

Criterion Collection: Sawdust and Tinsel

Harriet Andersson
Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Harriet Andersson
Harriet Andersson
, Åke Grönberg
Åke Grönberg
, Anders Ek
Anders Ek
Ingmar Bergman

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1953's Gycklarnas Afton (aka Sawdust and Tinsel and The Naked Night) predated the films that earned Ingmar Bergman his international reputation by several years -- Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, which appeared between 1955 and 1957 -- but it was one of his first pictures that truly displayed the master's confident touch, and gave Bergman's favorite themes of longing, despair and the cruelties of fate an intelligent and imaginative airing, earning the film a potent reputation among his admirers. The Criterion Collection have given Sawdust and Tinsel a long-overdue release on DVD, and the results live up to the high standards Criterion set for their previous releases of Bergman's work. Sawdust and Tinsel has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the sensuous play of light and shadow in Sven Nykvist's cinematography has been captured in all its glory in this release, sourced from a print that's practically spotless. The audio for the film has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the quality is admirably strong given the age of the source materials. The dialogue is in Swedish, with optional English subtitles. Compared to many of Criterion's releases, this is a bit short on bonus materials; the film is prefaced by an introduction Bergman shot for a Swedish television broadcast in 2003, and critic and film historian Peter Cowie contributes an informative alternate commentary track. (The booklet also includes essays from John Simon and Catherine Breillat.) But if this edition of Sawdust and Tinsel isn't packed to the brim with additional material, the transfer is beautiful and this pivotal film from Ingmar Bergman is finally given a quality DVD release in the United States, which makes it a must for students of the international cinema.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2007
UPC: 0715515026628
Original Release: 1953
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 57,986

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harriet Andersson Anne
Åke Grönberg Albert Johansson
Anders Ek Teodor Frost
Gudrun Brost Alma Frost
Hakke Ekman Frans
Annika Tretow Agda, Albert's wife
Kiki The Dwarf
Vanjek Hedberg Ekberg's Son
Curt Löwgren Blom
Lissi Alandh Actress
Naemi Briese Mrs. Meijer
Hasse Ekman Frans
Åke Fridell Officer
Agda Helin Actress
Goran Lundstrom Agda's son #1
Erik Strandmark Jens
Majken Torkeli Ekbergskan
Gunnar Björnstrand Mr. Sjuberg
Olaf Riego Actor
Hanny Schedin Asta

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Hilding Bladh Cinematographer
Karl-Birger Blomdahl Score Composer
Bibi Lindstrom Art Director
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Carl-Olov Skeppstedt Editor
Goran Strindberg Cinematographer
Rune Waldekranz Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sawdust and Tinsel
1. Traveling Circus [7:12]
2. Frost and Alma [4:19]
3. Humiliation [4:22]
4. Rain in a New Town [3:33]
5. Unrest and a Brainstrom [4:09]
6. The Circus Visits the Theater [6:12]
7. Frans Is Smitten [4:13]
8. Cirkus Alberti Causes a Stir [3:20]
9. Anne Is Jealous [2:42]
10. Reunion [6:27]
11. Rehearsal [3:49]
12. Power and Seduction [5:49]
13. A Proposal Rejected [3:16]
14. Anne's Prize [1:49]
15. Confession [5:11]
16. Albert Feels Sorry [4:51]
17. Albert and Frost [3:16]
18. Clowns and Actors [3:05]
19. A Duel in the Ring [5:48]
20. Albert Responds [6:01]
21. The Caravan Moves On [2:52]
1. Background [7:12]
2. Themes [4:19]
3. Close-ups/Strindberg [4:22]
4. 1953/The Passing of the Torch [3:33]
5. Team Spirit/Harriet Andersson [4:09]
6. Performer and Audience [6:12]
7. Hasse Ekman/Jealousy [4:13]
8. Bergman and the Authorities [3:20]
9. Writing Sawdust and Tinsel [2:42]
10. Marriage and Bergman [6:27]
11. Actors and Rehearsals [3:49]
12. One-on-One Scenes [5:49]
13. Variety [3:16]
14. A Business Transaction [1:49]
15. No Religion [5:11]
16. Strindberg/Nykvist [4:51]
17. Frost and Albert [3:16]
18. Symbols/The Bear [3:05]
19. Clashes and Humiliation [5:48]
20. Parallels [6:01]
21. Reception and Reputation [2:52]

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