Ingmar Bergman

Summer with Monika

Summer with Monika

Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman turned in this work of stunning maturity, a sensual and 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. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. Although Summer with Monika was initially quietly received, its reputation gathered steam throughout the 1950s, and it became an international sensation.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1953
  • 97 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #614

Special 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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Blu-Ray Box Set

30 Discs

Ships Nov 20, 2018

$239.96

Special 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
Summer with Monika
Cast
Harriet Andersson
Monika Erikson
Lars Ekborg
Harry Lund
Dagmar Ebbesen
Mrs. Lindström, Harry’s aunt
John Harryson
Lelle, Monika’s former boyfriend
Georg Skarstedt
Harry’s father
Gösta Ericsson
Forsberg, Harry’s boss
Ake Fridell
Ludvig, Monika’s father
Naemi Briese
Monika’s mother
Ake Grönberg
Harry’s construction boss
Gösta Gustafsson
Forsberg’s accountant
Sigge Fürst
Johan
Gordon Löwenadler
Monika’s male coworkers
Bengt Eklund
Gustaf Färingborg
Carl-Uno Larsson
Hasse, Monika’s brother
Hanny Schedin
Mrs. Boman, the café owner
Ivar Wahlgren
Owner of summer home
Renée Björling
His wife
Catrin Westerlund
His daughter
Kjell Nordensköld
Movie stars
Margaret Young
Nils Hultgren
Lindevall, the parson
Sten Mattsson
Harry’s friend
Magnus Kesster
Harry’s coworkers
Carl-Axel Elfving
Anders Andelius
Monika’s boyfriend
Arthur Fischer
Monika’s boss
Bengt Brunskog
Monika’s date at café
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Screenplay
Ingmar Bergman
Screenplay
Per Anders Fogelström (from Fogelström's novel)
Photography
Gunnar Fischer
Production manager
Allan Ekelund
Production design
P. A. Lundgren
Production design
Nils Svenwall
Props
Tor Borong
Sound
Sven Hansen
Music
Erik Nordgren
Orchestration
Eskil Eckert-Lundin
“Kärlekens hamn” (Haven of Love) waltz composed by
Filip Olsson
Makeup
Carl M. Lund, Inc.
Editors
Tage Holmberg
Editors
Gösta Lewin
Continuity
Birgit Norlindh

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Summer with Monika: Summer Dreaming
Summer with Monika: Summer Dreaming

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

By Laura Hubner

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Ingmar Bergman Interviews Himself
Ingmar Bergman Interviews Himself

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 with Monika. It was translated for Criterion by Birgitta St…

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Mirrors of Bergman

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The Brilliant Careers of Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Fischer

The author recalls the two great cinematographers and their work.

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Monika Trailer: For “Broad Minds” Only!
Monika Trailer: For “Broad Minds” Only!

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.