Sawdust and Tinsel

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Sawdust and Tinsel
Film poster
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Rune Waldekranz
Written by Ingmar Bergman (uncredited)
Starring Åke Grönberg
Harriet Andersson
Hasse Ekman
Cinematography Hilding Bladh
Sven Nykvist
Edited by Carl-Olov Skeppstedt
Release date
  • 14 September 1953 (1953-09-14)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Sawdust and Tinsel (Swedish: Gycklarnas afton, lit. 'The Evening of the Jesters') is a 1953 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman.


An aging circus ringmaster visits his estranged wife to see his young sons. Meanwhile, his jealous young lover has an affair with an actor.



It has a 100% approval rating from 9 reviews listed at Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8/10.[1] In 2012 it was voted one of the 25 best Swedish films of all time.[2] The film was shown as part of an Ingmar Bergman Retrospective at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ "Gycklarnas afton (Sawdust and Tinsel)(Sunset of a Clown)(The Naked Night) (1953)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "De 25 bästa svenska filmerna genom tiderna". Flm (in Swedish). 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale 2011: Ingmar Bergman Retrospective". berlinale. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 

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