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Ingmar Bergman

In the Presence of a Clown (Larmar och gör sig till)

Edition 1998
120' - 1997 - Drama - Dialogue: Swedish
Director: Ingmar Bergman With: Börje Ahlstedt, Marie Richardson, Erland Josephson
Rosy-cheeked, 54-year-old Carl Åkerblom is a patient in the psychiatric hospital in 1925. An eccentric inventor, Carl was hospitalised after attempting to kill his fiancée, Pauline Thibault. He is obsessed with Franz Schubert and speculates for his psychiatrist how the great composer must have felt when he first discovered he was dying of syphilis. After a number of real and imagined conversations, including a nightmarish visitation by a mysterious white clown named Rigmor, Carl dreams up a film project to be undertaken with another patient, Professor Osvald Vogler. They will make the world’s first living talkie, with actors behind the screen speaking the film’s dialogue in synchronisation with its visual images.

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Ingmar Bergman


Börje Ahlstedt, Marie Richardson, Erland Josephson

Director of Photography

Per Norén, Tony Forsberg, Per Sundin, Raymond Wemmenlov


Sylvia Ingemarsson


Pia Ehrnvall

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Countries of production

Italy, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Sweden



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