Film Series : Bergman 100

Sawdust and Tinsel

Gycklarnas afton / aka The Naked Night

1953, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 93 min. With Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jul 28th 5:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 31st 6:00pm

"A major early feature by Ingmar Bergman...visually splendid." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Bergman considered this his best film to date, and was consequently shocked by the negative press it received in Sweden. Dense and dynamic, its style has an assured experimentalism that would perhaps not be matched until PERSONA (as Bergman said, "It's wild, without losing control"). The plot centers on the blustery owner (Grönberg) of a shabby circus and his earthy mistress (Andersson), whose dalliance with a preening actor leads to a bloody showdown in the circus ring. The film's hallucinatory intensity is most vividly displayed in the celebrated tale-within-the-tale at the beginning, which features booming artillery, blinding sunlight, leering soldiers, a clown's skinny-dipping wife, and the clown's Christ-like Calvary, with a naked woman rather than a cross on his back. In Swedish with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration of the original version that was censored for the film's original U.S. release. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Ingmar Bergman film on any applicable Saturday in July, August, or September, and get a ticket for the second Bergman film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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