Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival in one of his most vivid early works. A story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-century traveling circus owner (Ake Grönberg) and his performer girlfriend (Harriet Andersson), Sawdust and Tinsel features dreamlike detours and twisted, psychosexual power plays that presage the director’s Smiles of a Summer Night and The Seventh Seal, works that would soon change the landscape of art cinema forever.
“Visually it is a treat, with Bergman’s richly baroque compositions and persistent use of deep focus brilliantly exploiting the circus and theater settings. And the performances are first-rate.” —Time Out
“Not just a showcase for motifs that Bergman would use to create masterpieces later; it’s a great film all by itself.” —Antagony & Ecstasy
Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika (96 min.) follows at 7 p.m.