In the Presence of a Clown
The Blessed Ones
The Image Makers
A great filmmaker pays homage to another: Bergman’s television play documents a behind-the-scene moment from the creation of Victor Sjöström’s silent film classic The Phantom Carriage, one of Bergman’s favorite works.
Bergman’s eccentric made-for-television drama, set in a Swedish insane asylum in 1925, is both a fond tribute to Swedish silent cinema and an autumnal look back at the director’s own career.
Bergman’s first feature after abandoning 35mm film for television is a tale of tortured love between a middle-aged woman and a slightly younger man. “A melodrama reeking of both sulphur and perfume” (Dagens nyheter).