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Smiles of a Summer Night

Ingmar Bergman

 
Smiles of a Summer Night (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Sweden
  • 1955
  • 108 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #237

After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.

Cast

Anne EgermanUlla Jacobsson
Desirée ArmfeldtEva Dahlbeck
Petra, the maidHarriet Andersson
Charlotte MalcolmMargit Carlqvist
Fredrik EgermanGunnar Björnstrand
Carl-Magnus MalcolmJarl Kulle
Frid, the groomÅke Fridell
Henrik EgermanBjörn Bjelfvenstam
Mrs. ArmfeldtNaima Wifstrand
Beata, the cookJullan Kindahl
MallaGull Natorp
Actresses in playBibi Andersson
Actresses in playBirgitta Valberg

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
ScreenplayIngmar Bergman
CinematographyGunnar Fischer
EditingOscar Rosander
Assistant directorLennart Olsson
Production managerAllan Ekelund
Original musicErik Nordgren
ConductorEskil Eckert-Lundin
SoundP. O. Pettersson
Production designP. A. Lundgren
Costume designMago
MakeupCarl M. Lundh
SupervisorGustav Roger

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman
  • New video conversation between Bergman scholar Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner, executive producer of Fanny and Alexander
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by theater and film critic John Simon and a 1961 review by film critic Pauline Kael

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Smiles of a Summer Night

By Pauline Kael May 03, 2011

Late in 1955, Ingmar Bergman made a nearly perfect work—the exquisite carnal comedy Smiles of a Summer Night. It was the distillation of elements he had worked with for several years, in the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Smiles of a Summer Night: Midsummer Merry-Go-Round

By John Simon May 03, 2011

What do you do when you are thoroughly miserable? A serious love affair is over, and a marriage to a wonderful woman is ending. Two of your films have bombed at the box office, and the head of . . . Read more »

Dispatches

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Flashback: Bibi Andersson

By Peter Cowie March 26, 2014

The author recalls his encounters with the great Swedish actress. Read more »


Dispatches

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Flashback: Ingmar Bergman

By Peter Cowie June 18, 2013

The author recounts the story of his friendship with the great filmmaker. Read more »


Film Essays

Smiles of a Summer Night

By Pauline Kael May 03, 2011

Late in 1955, Ingmar Bergman made a nearly perfect work—the exquisite carnal comedy Smiles of a Summer Night. It was the distillation of elements he had worked with for several years, in the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Smiles of a Summer Night: Midsummer Merry-Go-Round

By John Simon May 03, 2011

What do you do when you are thoroughly miserable? A serious love affair is over, and a marriage to a wonderful woman is ending. Two of your films have bombed at the box office, and the head of . . . Read more »