Joke by Ingmar Bergman
Episode 617- The Sword and the Dragon
Transcribed by Ryan Lohner
(The scene is in black and white, with a loud ticking
sound. Mike holds up cards that say “A Joke by Ingmar
Bergman,” “Based on an Idea by August
and “From the Writings of Henrik Ibsen.” The
the shore on the great Northern Sea, two men stood alone on a pier
(wind sounds start as we pan over to a close-up of Crow).
Sven? (long, slow pan over to a close-up
Tom: Ja, Ole? (long, slow pan back to
There camen (sic) to me a thought (long,
slow pan back to Tom).
Tom: Ja? (long, slow pan back to Crow)
I will count the boards of this pier (the
camera pulls back to reveal Crow and Tom are right next to each other).
You will count the slits between the
Tom: You the boards, and I the slits.
Tom: Tch. Begin. (they take a step
forward on each line.)
(Tom falls behind the counter and a splash is heard)
And so you see, when you’re out
of slits, you’re out of pier.