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26 October 1954 (USA) See more »
The most INTIMATE love story ever told See more »
While waiting for the night rehearsal of the ballet Swan Lake, the lonely twenty-eight year-old ballerina Marie receives a diary through the mail... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Maj-Britt Nilsson ... Marie
Birger Malmsten ... Henrik
Alf Kjellin ... David Nyström
Annalisa Ericson ... Kaj, ballet dancer
Georg Funkquist ... Uncle Erland
Stig Olin ... Ballet Master
Mimi Pollak ... Mrs. Calwagen, Henrik's aunt
Renée Björling ... Aunt Elisabeth
Gunnar Olsson ... The Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmy Albiin ... Uncle Erland's faithful old servant (uncredited)
Gerd Andersson ... Ballet dancer (uncredited)
John Botvid ... Karl, janitor at the (uncredited)
Ernst Brunman ... The captain (uncredited)
Julia Cæsar ... Maja, dresser (uncredited)
Eskil Eckert-Lundin ... Orchestrator at the theatre (uncredited)
Carl-Axel Elfving ... Man delievering flowers to Marie (uncredited)
Douglas Håge ... Nisse, janitor at the Opera (uncredited)
Torsten Lilliecrona ... Ljus-Pelle (uncredited)
Sten Mattsson ... Sailor on the boat (uncredited)
Olav Riégo ... The doctor (uncredited)
Monique Roeger ... Ballet dancer (uncredited)
Marianne Schüler ... Ballet dancer (uncredited)
Gun Skoogberg ... Stand-in for (uncredited)
Göte Stergel ... Ballet dancer (uncredited)
Carl Ström ... Sandell (uncredited)
Gösta Ström ... Karlsson, at the theatre (uncredited)
Fylgia Zadig ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman 
Herbert Grevenius 

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
Bengt Wallerström (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
Production Design by
Nils Svenwall 
Makeup Department
Carl M. Lundh .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gösta Ström .... unit manager
Sound Department
Sven Hansen .... sound
Sven Rudestedt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Aaby Wedin .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Huch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bengt Järnmark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Rune Andréasson .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Eskil Eckert-Lundin .... conductor (as E. Eckert Lundin)
Other crew
Ingegerd Ericsson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Sol-Britt Norlander .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sommarlek" - Sweden (original title)
"Illicit Interlude" - USA
"Summerplay" - International (English title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated

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Marie:Let me mourn my youth alone.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Pommes d'amour (2001)See more »
Swan LakeSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Summer Interlude, 18 January 2013
Author: lasttimeisaw from Cairo, Egypt

This Ingmar Bergman's earlier essay is a dedicative recount of a young ballerina's summer holiday puppy romance with a timid college student which culminated in a tragic accident and the narrative leaps between the reminiscent past and the present (13 years later, when she is preparing her SWAN LAKE premier).

The film is slightly differentiated from Bergman's usual philosophy-heavy, mentally- straining members of his reservoir, a summer vacation in a Scandinavian island, with youth in bathing suits, is a curio to find out. But the die-hard Bergman fans will as always revel in the solemn nuances and formidable expressions from Maj-Britt Nilsson's heroine, whose god-spitting manifesto "I'll hate him till the day I die!"defies any compromise and detour, which could also be Bergman's mouthpiece speaking.

There are many aesthetically haunting shots with utterly perfect structural deployment (which cannot be a surprise since this is the sixth Bergman's film I have watched so far), a witchcraft of radiating the characters' frank and inherent emotion and sixth senses through Black & White lens, the portrait close-ups, the little cartoon on the letter, even the ballet tableaux, all sparkle with resilience of a human soul's elusive fickleness. The wild strawberry, chess playing with the clergyman and the hag with mustache, there are many anecdotes here just for perusing.

Ms. Nilsson captures all the spotlight in the film, although she and Birger Malmsten are quite awkward in pulling off mid-or-late teens in love since wrinkles and creases cannot lie, but it is almost a mission-impossible for any actress since spanning 13 years especially from teenage to adulthood is a great challenge, nevertheless, this blemish can not overthrow the film's majestic study on a psychological case of a lost love soul's selective protection and rejuvenation, although may not be Bergman's best, still a recommendable film from the maestro and furthermore attests his consistency in filmic supremacy.

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