BTLXXX 1997: In the Presence of a Clown

In the Presence of a Clown (Larmar och gör sig till). Ingmar Bergman. 1997. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐★.

Bergman continues his stories about his family (more fictional than ever). This time it’s more about his uncle Carl (played by the same guy who did the part starting with Fanny & Alexander, so it’s his fourth film in this role). And Pernilla August is back as Bergman’s mother (for the third time).

But is Anita Björk playing the same aunt as the last time? Hm…

Anyway, this is a rather intimate TV thing, but it’s not TV theatre, exactly. It’s structurally very odd and quite fascinating and somehow reminds you of films from Bergman’s entire career. Well, except the first ten years.

This post is part of the 87 Bergman Things series.

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