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Smiles Of A Summer Night (1957)
IMDb Rating 7.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ulla Jacobsson Anne Egerman
Eva Dahlbeck Desiree Armfeldt
Harriet Andersson Petra the Maid
Margit Carlqvist Countess Charlotte Malcolm (as Margit Carlquist)
Gunnar Björnstrand Fredrik Egerman
Jarl Kulle Count Carl Magnus Malcolm
Åke Fridell Frid the Groom
Björn Bjelfvenstam Henrik Egerman (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Naima Wifstrand Mrs. Armfeldt
Jullan Kindahl Beata, cook
Birgitta Valberg
Bibi Andersson
Gunnar Bjornstrand
Plot
Ingmar Bergman achieved international stardom with this classic melancholy comedy about the romantic entanglements of three 19th-century couples during a weekend at a country estate. It's exactly what you'd expect from a bedroom farce filtered through the ideas and eyes of Bergman: sharp, serious, pensive, austerely sexy, and ultimately sobering. Still, anyone who thought the Swedish filmmaker was incapable of a little fun has only to watch Bergman's orchestrations of these dangerous liaisons. Prosperous lawyer Fredrik (Gunnar Björnstrand) is married to the comely young Anne (Ulla Jacobsson), who (despite his best efforts) remains a virgin. Henrik (Björn Bjelfvenstam), Fredrik's grown son from a previous marriage, is desperately in love with Anne--and having an affair with the maid (Harriet Andersson)--despite the torturings of his pious soul. When actress Desiree (Eva Dahlbeck), Fredrik's former mistress, breezes into town, Fredrick pays her a visit, only to find himself jealous of her relationship with the piggish Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle), who just happens to be married to Anne's best friend, the depressed and suicidal Charlotte (Margit Carlqvist); both women have a decided bone to pick with Desiree. All convene at the estate of Desiree's mother for a weekend of confrontations, illicit romance, dinner, dueling, and eventual pairing with the right romantic partner. Bergman winningly conveys the aspects of love among both the young and the old--those who feel they'll live forever and those whose impending mortality colors their actions. Absolutely brilliant and heartfelt, a true cinematic masterpiece. The basis for Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, of "Send in the Clowns" fame. --Mark Englehart
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Director Ingmar Bergman; <b>Ingmar Bergman</b>
Producer Allan Ekelund
Writer Ingmar Bergman; <b>Ingmar Bergman</b>
Studio Criterion
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Audience Rating G
Running Time 108 mins
Movie Release Date 12/23/1957
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 629
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/15/2006
Product Details
Edition Criterion Collection
Region Region
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 037429193921
Release Date 5/25/2004
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Video introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman
New video conversation with film historian Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner (executive producer, Fanny and Alexander)
New piece by renowned theater and film critic John Simon, author of Ingmar Bergman Directs
Swedish theatrical trailer
Essay by film critic Pauline Kael
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