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Summer Interlude

Ingmar Bergman

 
Summer Interlude (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Sweden
  • 1951
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #613

Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—Ingmar Bergman’s tenth film was a gentle drift toward true mastery. In one of the director’s great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the sunny, rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. A film that the director considered a creative turning point, Summer Interlude (Sommarlek) is a reverie about life and death that unites Bergman’s love of theater and cinema.

Cast

MarieMaj-Britt Nilsson
HenrikBirger Malmsten
David NyströmAlf Kjellin
KajAnnalisa Ericson
Uncle ErlandGeorg Funkquist
Ballet masterStig Olin
Henrik’s auntMimi Pollak
Aunt ElisabethRenée Björling
PastorGunnar Olsson

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
Produced byAllan Ekelund
ScreenplayIngmar Bergman and Herbert Grevenius
Original storyIngmar Bergman
CinematographyGunnar Fischer
Production designNils Svenwall
EditorOscar Rosander
MusicErik Nordgren

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Cowie

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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Summer Interlude: Love and Death in the Swedish Summer

By Peter CowieMay 29, 2012

A watershed film in Bergman’s career, this tale of a woman caught between the past and present . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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Summer Interlude: Love and Death in the Swedish Summer

By Peter CowieMay 29, 2012

A watershed film in Bergman’s career, this tale of a woman caught between the past and present . . . Read more »