Gycklarnas afton


- Might we wait?

- No point. He's too busy.

What's all this babbling?

- A lady and a gent to see you, sir.

- Tell them to go to hell...

No! Bring them here.

- The director will see you.

- We can come back another day...

Good morning, Mr Sjuberg.

Isn't it a beautiful day?

I am Albert Johansson,

owner of the Alberti Circus,

presently in town.

My wife, Anne.

Drop a curtsy.

- How can I help you?

- We...

A chair for the lady.

Allow me, your ladyship.

- Well, Mr Alberti?

- The fact is...

an unfortunate mishap

ruined half our costumes.

Could you come to our rescue

and lend us cloaks, breeches, hats?

- As a colleague.

- What if our costumes get infested?

Lice, strange diseases, who knows?

I know nothing about circuses.

- I assure you, sir...

- How much can you pay?

Well, tonight we were thinking of...

How much do you want?

- More than you can pay.

- Why are you insulting me?


Because we're part of the same riff-raff

and because you allow it.

You live in wagons, we in sleazy hotels.

We make art, you artifice.

The humblest of us

despises the best of you. Why?

You risk your lives, we our vanity.

Your attire is ridiculous.

And the lady would look better

without her finery.

You could mock our shabby elegance,

painted faces and studied speech.

- Why shouldn't I insult you?

- I don't understand.

That's your strength.

- What about the costumes?

- You may borrow them.

- But as payment...?

- Invite us to the circus tonight.

- The honour would be too great...

- You're right.

Blom, show them the wardrobe.


Let's do that scene again.

You've driven me mad.

Will you marry me?

How can you stay with that old ass?

Do you sleep with him?

Whisper sweet words in his ear?

Come with me.

Don't torture me.

I love you.

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Ernst Ingmar Bergman (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋmar ˈbærjman] ( listen); 14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. Considered to be among the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time, Bergman's renowned works include Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Silence (1963), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Bergman directed over sixty films and documentaries for cinematic release and for television, most of which he also wrote. He also directed over 170 plays. From 1953, he forged a powerful creative partnership with his full-time cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Among his company of actors were Harriet and Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin and Max von Sydow. Most of his films were set in Sweden, and numerous films from Through a Glass Darkly (1961) onward were filmed on the island of Fårö. His work often deals with death, illness, faith, betrayal, bleakness and insanity. Philip French referred to Bergman as "one of the greatest artists of the 20th century [...] he found in literature and the performing arts a way of both recreating and questioning the human condition." Mick LaSalle argued, "Like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce in literature, Ingmar Bergman strove to capture and illuminate the mystery, ecstasy and fullness of life, by concentrating on individual consciousness and essential moments." more…

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