Making something of a change of pace for Bergman, this blackly farcical expose takes a potshot at the world of artists and critics, and focuses on the tension between the roles of a self-opinionated critic, Cornelius, and a talented, egocentric musician, Felix. Felix, a womanising cellist, uses his musical prowess to charm an endless string of female admirers. However, when Cornelius, a respected critic, arrives to write a biography on Felix, he finds his efforts hampered by all the females in the house - each one determined to protect their maestro's privacy. For Cornelius, the situation becomes increasing humiliating as he is photographed in comprising positions, forced to dress in women's clothes, and is even bombarded with fireworks. But the final insult is that he never actually gets to meet Felix.