Bergman, em sua primeira colaboração com Nykvist na fotografia, realizou um filme no qual o clima expressionista fica latente desde a sequência de abertura - um dos grandes momentos do cinema! Além disso, dá pra sentir o 'espectro' de Sternberg (O Anjo Azul) com a tragédia que envolve amor e maturidade. O mundo do circo sintetiza a batalha de homens e mulheres por uma vida mais digna diante de perdas cotidianas.
The scene at the beginning with the clown and his wife is one of the best I've ever seen.
My first Bergman. The one that made my heart stop. For me this is amazing and nothing less. The scene that really made me dive into this was the scene where the clown points the gun at is head - Amazing passion and delivery. I really prefer the origins of an artist, because latter he will develop much harder masks to uncover - we all do. This is raw Bergman and it's beautiful.
An important film in Bergman's development as an artist, but really nothing more. It wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it was just too stagy and contrived. I can only recommend this to Bergman completists. Like myself.