In the Presence of a Clown (1997)

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Television Film | Drama Swe/Den/Fin/Ger/Ice/Ita/Nor | Swedish | 1h59m
Dir: Ingmar Bergman | Scr: Ingmar Bergman | Ph: Tony Forsberg & Irene Wiklund | Prod: Pia Ehrnvall & Måns Reuterswärd | Ed: Sylvia Ingemarsson | PD: Göran Wassberg | SD: Magnus Berglid | Cast: Börje Ahlstedt, Marie Richardson, Erland Josephson, Pernilla August, Anita Björk, Agneta Ekmanner, Lena Endre, Gunnel Fred, Gerthi Kulle, Johan Lindell, Peter Stormare

After spending time in an asylum in 1925, as a result of the attempted murder of his young fiancée, Carl Åkerblom, along with said girlfriend and a professor with whom he shared a ward, sets about making the world’s first and only living talking picture – a film about the doomed, and decidedly fictional, romance between Franz Schubert and the Countess Mizzi Veith, in Bergman’s intense, theatrical drama. The outstanding Börje Ahlstedt reprises a role that he had previously taken in two other Bergman/Åkerblom-family dramas – as do Pernilla August and Anita Björk. Richardson and the ever-excellent Josephson also excel.