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John Simon

John Simon has written for more than fifty years on theater, film, literature, music, and the fine arts for such publications as the Hudson Review, the New Leader, the New Criterion, the National Review, New York magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Post. His writings have been collected in seventeen books. For more information, visit his website at

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

In the midst of a tumultuous period in his life and career, Ingmar Bergman made one of his most ebullient comedies.

By John Simon

Sawdust and Tinsel: The Lower Depths
Ingmar Bergman made some outstanding films before Sawdust and Tinsel (1953). But that film, released in America under the meretricious title The Naked Night—and known in Sweden as The Clown’s Evening—was the first that no other director could h…

By John Simon

There was also, let it not be forgotten, a Polish New Wave, even if not so labeled. One of its big billows for our imagination to surf on was Andrzej Wajda’s Kanal, made in 1956 and released in 1957. It was the centerpiece of the so-called war tril…

By John Simon