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Sommaren med Monika
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Summer with Monika -- A girl and boy 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.

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Release Date:
9 February 1953 (Sweden) See more »
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Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old young man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harriet Andersson ... Monika Eriksson
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
Bengt Eklund ... Förste man på grönsakslagret
Hans Ellis ... Svensson
Ivar Wahlgren ... Gorän
Catrin Westerlund ... Goräns dotter
Carl-Uno Larsson ... Hasse, Monikas yngre bror
Hanny Schedin ... Fru Boman
Kjell Nordenskiöld ... Hjälten i filmen
Margaret Young ... Hjältinnan i filmen
Nils Hultgren ... Lyndevall, kyrkoherde
Ernst Brunman ... Tobakshandlare
Sten Mattsson ... Harrys kompis på verkstaden
Magnus Kesster ... Harrys arbetskamrat
Carl-Axel Elfving ... Harrys arbetskamrat
Bengt Brunskog ... Sicke, Monikas kavaljer
Wiktor Andersson ... Ölgubbe tillsammans
Birger Sahlberg ... Ölgubbe tillsammans
Nils Whiten ... Lumphandlare
Tor Borong ... Lumphandlare
Einar Söderbäck ... Lumphandlare
Mona Geijer-Falkner ... En fru på gården som klagar
Astrid Bodin ... En fru i gärdsfönstret
Gun Östring ... Sköterska
Sven Löfgren ... Lastbilschauffören bakom Harry
Uno Larsson ... En man med basker
Marianne Lindén ... June, Monikas och Harrys lilla dotter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Ahlin ... Vilaägare (uncredited)
Anders Andelius ... En av Monikas kavaljerer (uncredited)
Renée Björling ... Görans fru (uncredited)
Jessie Flaws ... Villaägarens dotter (uncredited)
Gert Fylking ... En man (uncredited)
Gustaf Färingborg ... En man på grönsakslagret (uncredited)
Gordon Löwenadler ... En av Monikas kavaljerer (uncredited)
Mona Åstrand ... En flicka (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  uncredited
Per Anders Fogelström  novel (uncredited)
Per Anders Fogelström  screenplay

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (US version)
Erik Nordgren 
Eskil Eckert-Lundin (uncredited)
Walle Söderlund (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Tage Holmberg (uncredited)
Gösta Lewin (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Sound Department
Sven Hansen .... sound
Eskil Lindberg .... sound (uncredited)
Sven Rudestedt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Huch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bengt Nordwall .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eskil Eckert-Lundin .... orchestrator (as E. Eckert-Lundin)
 
Other crew
Kroger Babb .... presenter (re-edited US version)
Carl M. Lundh .... mask
Tor Borong .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Birgit Norlindh .... continuity clerk (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sommaren med Monika" - Sweden (original title)
"Monika" - USA (MIFED title), USA (video box title)
"Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl" - USA
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:62 min (re-edited version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (AGA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:18 (2012) | Sweden:15 (cut) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1956) | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1994) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
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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Referenced in Les pornocrates (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
OM STRAAKARNA KUNDE SJUNGASee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A film that delights and horrifies, 22 June 2010
Author: Ilpo Hirvonen from Finland

Sommaren med Monika, often translated as Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl, but directly it is Summer with Monika, I prefer the latter. Summer with Monika is Ingmar Bergman's early masterful classic. It's European modernism and as many of Bergman's films of that era, this film too dealt with social issues. Even that Ingmar Bergman himself was from a bourgeois family, Summer with Monika builds around the working class. It's a story about two youngsters who fall in love and start living a life of their own.

Monika is a minor girl who doesn't get along with her parents. Her only escape from the harsh family life is romantic cinema and her boyfriend, Harry. In result of the distressing life Monika and Harry escape the city to archipelago for the summer. When the summer's over and they come back, the love between them starts to fade.

I have yet not seen as strong film about young parenthood as this. It shows the truth in a very realistic light, Bergman doesn't add any glamor to its characters' lives, which he never does. This is the social theme of Summer with Monika, young parenthood and the subject is still very current, which makes the film timeless. No director of today has succeed in making as good description of the life like that.

Summer with Monika is so beautifully made that it delights you. The plot also has some points that delight the audience, but I was mostly touched by the beauty of the narrative and cinematography. Both of these are clearly European modernism in Summer with Monika. The camera goes behind the reality, it shows the true emotions of the characters. A very impressive scene of the film is when Monika watches directly to the camera. This shocking destruction of the fourth wall and the illusion of cinema, was probably the first one ever made. My information of this is not accurate or reliable, but at least Summer with Monika was one of the first ones, that did this.

A very powerful film of love, youth, parenthood, frustration and life.

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