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Summer with Monika (1953)
"Sommaren med Monika" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  9 February 1953 (Sweden)
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Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old young man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old, and they fall in love. They leave their families and jobs in their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lars Ekborg ...
Harry Lund
Dagmar Ebbesen ...
Fru Lindström, Harry's faster
Åke Fridell ...
Ludwig Eriksson, Monikas far
Naemi Briese ...
Monikas mor
Åke Grönberg ...
Verkmästaren, Harrys arbetskamrat
Sigge Fürst ...
Johan, lagerbasen på Forsbergs
John Harryson ...
Lelle, Harrys rival
Georg Skarstedt ...
Harrys far
Gösta Ericsson ...
Forsberg, direktör för glas
Gösta Gustafson ...
Forsbergs kamrer
Gösta Prüzelius ...
Försäljare hos Forsbergs
Göthe Grefbo ...
Lagerarbetare hos Fersbergs
Arthur Fischer ...
Chef för grönsakslagret
Torsten Lilliecrona ...
Chaufför på grönsakslagret
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Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old young man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old, and they fall in love. They leave their families and jobs in their small town, Harry gets his father's boat and they spend the summer together in an isolated island. Monika gets pregnant, and Harry decides to marry her. He grows up, gets a job and returns to his studies, trying to improve their lives and raise their daughter June, while Monika just wants to have fun. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Jerald Intrator was hired by U.S. distributor, Kroger Babb, to shoot a few additional nude inserts and supervise the U.S. dub and re-scoring by Les Baxter. See more »

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OM STRAAKARNA KUNDE SJUNGA
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A classic in a pristine new print from Janus
30 September 2006 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

Ingmar Bergman's Monika (Summer with Monika) (1953) is the story of two Stockholm teenagers, stock boy Harry (Lars Ekborg) and voluptuous, impulsive Monika (Harriet Andersson), who meet and fall in love and run away for a summer on a motorboat on the Stockholm archipelago escaping from work and all responsibility. Monika becomes pregnant and they return to the city and marry – but things turn bad. This first powerful feature by the Swedish master is simple and sweet but nonetheless rich in emotional wrenching events. The film, which depicts teenage unwed sex, was shockingly sensual for its time. In 2006 the intensity of Harriet Andersson's uninhibited performance is still impressive and this story is just as heartbreaking as it was over half a century ago.

Presented as part of the Janus Films sidebar of the 2006 New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in another gorgeous pristine-looking new print with a rich black and white tonal range that may look better than the original did.


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