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Summer with Monika

Ingmar Bergman

Summer with Monika (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • Sweden
  • 1953
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #614

Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. The version initially released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika), presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.


Monika EriksonHarriet Andersson
Harry LundLars Ekborg
Mrs. Lindström, Harry’s auntDagmar Ebbesen
Lelle, Monika’s former boyfriendJohn Harryson
Harry’s fatherGeorg Skarstedt
Forsberg, Harry’s bossGösta Ericsson
Ludvig, Monika’s fatherAke Fridell
Monika’s motherNaemi Briese
Harry’s construction bossAke Grönberg
Forsberg’s accountantGösta Gustafsson
JohanSigge Fürst
Monika’s male coworkersGordon Löwenadler
Bengt Eklund
Gustaf Färingborg
Hasse, Monika’s brotherCarl-Uno Larsson
Mrs. Boman, the café ownerHanny Schedin
Owner of summer homeIvar Wahlgren
His wifeRenée Björling
His daughterCatrin Westerlund
Movie starsKjell Nordensköld
Margaret Young
Lindevall, the parsonNils Hultgren
Harry’s friendSten Mattsson
Harry’s coworkersMagnus Kesster
Carl-Axel Elfving
Monika’s boyfriendAnders Andelius
Monika’s bossArthur Fischer
Monika’s date at caféBengt Brunskog


DirectorIngmar Bergman
ScreenplayIngmar Bergman and Per Anders Fogelström (from Fogelström's novel)
PhotographyGunnar Fischer
Production managerAllan Ekelund
Production designP. A. Lundgren and Nils Svenwall
PropsTor Borong
SoundSven Hansen
MusicErik Nordgren
OrchestrationEskil Eckert-Lundin
“Kärlekens hamn” (Haven of Love) waltz composed byFilip Olsson
MakeupCarl M. Lund and Inc.
EditorsTage Holmberg and Gösta Lewin
ContinuityBirgit Norlindh

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman
  • New interview with actress Harriet Andersson, conducted by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • New interview with film scholar Eric Schaefer about Kroger Babb and his distribution of Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl! as an exploitation film
  • Images from the Playground, a half-hour documentary by Stig Björkman featuring behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman, archival audio interviews with Bergman, and new interviews with actresses Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Laura Hubner, a 1958 review by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, and a publicity piece from 1953 in which Bergman interviews himself

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays


Summer with Monika: Summer Dreaming

By Laura Hubner May 29, 2012

Harriet Andersson’s Monika is both an erotic object and an empowered female protagonist in Bergman’s groundbreaker. Read more »



Did You See This?

April 08, 2016

“We come to the movies with the little that we are, and for all their ability to immerse us in worlds beyond our comprehension, we are forever seeing them from our own solitary distances,” . . . Read more »

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In the Mood for Love

February 14, 2016



Flashback: Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Fischer

By Peter Cowie June 11, 2015

The author recalls the two great cinematographers and their work. Read more »


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Mirrors of Bergman

By :: kogonada February 12, 2015

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Ingmar Bergman Interviews Himself

June 07, 2012

This self-interview by Ingmar Bergman first appeared in Filmnyheter, a publicity magazine issued by the Swedish production company Svensk Filmindustri, to coincide with the opening of Summer . . . Read more »

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Film Essays


Summer with Monika: Summer Dreaming

By Laura Hubner May 29, 2012

Harriet Andersson’s Monika is both an erotic object and an empowered female protagonist in Bergman’s groundbreaker. Read more »


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