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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Sommarnattens leende (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 23 December 1957 (USA)
In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ulla Jacobsson ... Anne Egerman
Eva Dahlbeck ... Desiree Armfeldt
Harriet Andersson ... Petra the Maid
Margit Carlqvist ... Countess Charlotte Malcolm (as Margit Carlquist)
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Fredrik Egerman
Jarl Kulle ... Count Carl Magnus Malcolm
Åke Fridell ... Frid the Groom
Björn Bjelfvenstam Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Henrik Egerman (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Armfeldt
Jullan Kindahl ... Beata, cook
Gull Natorp ... Malla
Birgitta Valberg ... Actress
Bibi Andersson ... Actress
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Storyline

It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current wife Anne Egerman's two-year marriage has not yet been consummated. Fredrik wants to give Anne as much time as she needs to feel comfortable before losing her virginity. Although she loved Fredrik when they got married, Anne realizes she is attracted to Fredrik's adult son, Henrik Egerman, a brooding seminary student who is home following his most recent exams. Also a virgin, Henrik has been in an awkward flirtation with the Egermans' sexually experienced maid, Petra, in an effort to lose his virginity. When she first sees actress Desirée Armfeldt, Anne, without Fredrik telling her, knows that Desirée and Fredrik used to be lovers, the two who still have feelings for each other. Desirée currently is having an affair with married Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. While he is jealous of any man who Desirée shows any attention to such as Fredrik, he is not the same with his young wife, the ... Written by Huggo

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A titillating, tantalizing tug-of-amour played for the happiest stakes of all by the merriest, mixed-up menage of brides, mistresses, and wives and wandering males that ever lampooned the love game! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

23 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiles of a Summer Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,329
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On Time magazine's 100 greatest films list. See more »

Goofs

When Fredrik smashes his wine glass on a table he's reprimanded by his father and in the reaction shot, he's still holding the glass of wine, unbroken. See more »

Quotes

Desiree Armfeldt: For once, I was truly innocent.
Mrs. Armfeldt: It must have been early in the evening.
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Alternate Versions

Originally, the UK theatrical version had the words "lust" changed to "passion" and "lecherous fantasies" changed to "unspeakable dreams". The lines "Nearly everything that's fun is a sin. Then I say three cheers for sin" were completely cut. See more »

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Spoofed in Love and Death (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum, Opus 62, Nr. 3
Music by Franz Liszt
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One of Bergmans's best
5 July 2004 | by gkbazaloSee all my reviews

I have seen just about all of Bergman's available films and Smiles of a Summer Night is among my favorites. The humor derives from the situations, cleverness of the dialogue and foibles of the characters, rather than from Woody Allen-type punch lines. (Bergman has funnier lines in Seventh Seal coming from the squire in his scenes with the church painter and blacksmith). Much of the humor comes from the changeability of the characters. At one point, Jarl Kulle's character says he doesn't mind if someone has an affair with his wife, but they better not fool around with his mistress, and later on says just the opposite. Like Renoir's Rules of the Game or Carne's Children of Paradise, the ensemble cast grows on you with each viewing. Along with Wild Strawberries, a good place to start with Bergman.


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