• You’d be forgiven for expecting something lurid and shameless from Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika after viewing this trailer for the original, dubbed American release. Also: it was based on the Time magazine story “Sin in Sweden”? News to us! (Special thanks for use of this trailer to Haden Guest and the Harvard Film Archive.)

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  • By Agnes
    July 20, 2012
    07:39 PM

    Love Bergman as Tchekov
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  • By Cameren Lee
    November 12, 2013
    10:24 PM

    Criterion must really want me to dislike my country. Gosh, we were(?) dense.
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  • By Scattergood-Moore
    March 04, 2014
    03:59 PM

    Good Lord, can't believe I'm seeing this trailer again!! The first time I saw this trailer was in a sleazy "adult-only" porn theater in New Bedford, MA most likely druing 1960 while attending art school at Swain School of Design. This film and a few others - especially early Bergman - I saw in this cinema were the beginning of my love affair with foreign films - which I still have 54 years later. During the 1950s, with audiences, searching for more "adult" entertainment, exploitation film producer/distributor Kroger Babb (1906-1980), led the way for the foreign film boom in the US. He decided that rural America would enjoy the brief glimpses of nudity and sexual implications in Ingmar Bergman's 1953 "Summer With Monika", so he picked up the film's domestic distribution. Babb cut the original film by more than a half-hour, added a Les Baxter score and English dubbing, and sold it under the title "Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl" with a press kit that played up Harriet Andersson's nude skinny-dipping scene. Suggestive advertising art was created for the film, including sexy promotional postcards portraying Andersson's nude rear (remember the young Antoine Doinel gazes at one in Truffaut's "The 400 Blows"?) and Babb even created an alcoholic drink called 'Monika Highball' (. . . as refreshing as a swim at sundown"). Don't believe me? check it out: http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p50/lunchroommanners/monikahighball3.jpg
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  • By Scattergood-Moore
    March 04, 2014
    04:07 PM

    Thanks Haden for providing this! As you can see from the comment above, it brought back wonderful memories. See soon at the Harvard Film Archive. . .
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