IN THE PRESENCE OF A CLOWN
Originally made for television and based on Ingmar Bergman's 1994 play of the same name, IN THE PRESENCE OF A CLOWN features a recurring Bergman character — uncle Carl Åkerblom, engineer and Schubert fan — with Börje Ahlstedt returning to the role for the fourth time, following FANNY AND ALEXANDER, THE BEST INTENTIONS and SUNDAY'S CHILDREN. The year is 1925 and 54-year-old inventor Carl Åkerblom has been locked in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala for the attempted murder of his fiancée (Marie Richardson). Intrigued by the idea of inventing a new performance style to replace silent movies, Carl and a fellow patient, professor Osvald Vogler (Erland Josephson), set up a film project: a "living talkie" entitled THE JOY OF THE JOYOUS GIRL. To demonstrate the magic of their idea, the pair set off with a troupe of actors to perform in a remote provincial village, where the audience includes Carl's stepmother, and emotional confrontations soon come to the surface. (Note adapted from the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.) DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; PROD Pia Ehrnvall, Måns Reuterswärd. Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Italy/Germany, 1997, color, 119 min. In Swedish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.