The Naked Night

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

One of a handful of Bergman pictures sent to the US after the success of THE SEVENTH SEAL and the onset of "Bergmania," it subscribes to all the then-held theories of what an art film should be, especially a Swedish art film. Filled with depressing images, self-consciously intellectual dialog, and psychoanalytic and religious symbolism, it lacks only what...read more

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One of a handful of Bergman pictures sent to the US after the success of THE SEVENTH SEAL and the onset of "Bergmania," it subscribes to all the then-held theories of what an art film should be, especially a Swedish art film. Filled with depressing images, self-consciously intellectual

dialog, and psychoanalytic and religious symbolism, it lacks only what almost all Bergman films lack--subtlety and hope. Albert Johansson (Ake Gronberg) is the owner of a traveling circus who leaves his mistress (Harriet Andersson) and tries to reunite with his wife (Annika Tretow). Hailed by some

at the time of its release as Bergman's masterpiece, this is proof of the director's maturing visual and thematic style, and perhaps more important, it was the first of Bergman's films photographed by the great Sven Nykvist, thereafter his frequent collaborator. In Swedish with English

subtitles.

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  • Review: One of a handful of Bergman pictures sent to the US after the success of THE SEVENTH SEAL and the onset of "Bergmania," it subscribes to all the then-held theories of what an art film should be, especially a Swedish art film. Filled with depressing images,… (more)

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