Amateur films -- Production and direction -- Sweden -- Drama, Inventors -- Sweden -- Drama, Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Sweden, Psychiatric hospital patients -- Sweden-- Drama

In the Presence of a Clown

(Larmar och gör sig till)


Börje Ahlstedt, Erland Josephson, Marie Richardson, Agneta Ekmanner,

Bergman’s eccentric made-for-television drama is both a fond tribute to Swedish silent cinema and an autumnal look back at the director’s own career. In a Swedish insane asylum in 1925, a lunatic engineer teams with another patient to create a film, a “living talkie,” based on their own obsessions. Soon they have a cast, a crew, and even a tour across the country. All of Bergman’s great themes—theology and spirituality, marriage and solitude, death and creativity—are worked through in this modest late-career gem.

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Per Sundin
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DVCam
  • 120 mins
  • SVT

CineFiles is an online database of BAMPFA's extensive collection of documentation covering world cinema, past and present.

View In the Presence of a Clown documents  

Winter light: A tribute to Ingmar Bergman (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2008

In the presence of a clown (review), Variety, Emanuel Levy, 1998

Larmar och gör sig till (program note), Cannes Film Festival, 1998

Displaying 3 of 3 publicly available documents.

View all In the Presence of a Clown documentation on CineFiles.