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Release Date:
9 February 1953 (Sweden) See more »
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A Picture for Wide Screens and Broad Minds See more »
Plot:
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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You can't get more naturalistic with a love story than with Summer with Monika (and still infuse the trademark imagery of a Bergman film); sleeper-classic See more (38 total) »

Cast

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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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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 | 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Horrible Honeys (1988) (V)See more »
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HELAN GAARSee more »

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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
You can't get more naturalistic with a love story than with Summer with Monika (and still infuse the trademark imagery of a Bergman film); sleeper-classic, 10 January 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Summer with Monika is a very fine, if not completely masterful, showcase of what would be to come with Ingmar Bergman's more notable and personal dramas. That is, in the technical side of things- here he uses a lot of shots that are simply there for the location, the imagery of where the characters are at. It's much more of a documentary than a usual tale of young love. But it's a good story at the core, and in it Bergman also establishes one of the actresses that would become crucial to his career.

Harriet Andersson is remarkable as the happy, though high strung and (as one in my generation might call) 'needy' Monika, who works at a vegetable stand. She meets Harry (Ekberg) in a bar one day, and the two hit it off after later seeing a movie. Monika's home life is the pits, as is Harry's work environment. So, they act on an impulse to get away for the summer to an island. Out of that comes what is very natural in a relationship- happiness, love, despair, hunger, and the oncoming (unplanned) child. The third act goes as how one might expect, but the way it's filmed and acted is still extraordinary.

Once Bergman gets his film on the water, he just shoots and shoots. Some of this may not seem to go anywhere, some of it may just seem like shots of animals and rocks. But I have a feeling Bergman was likely inspired by either painters or the neo-realists with their documentary feel. If nothing else, everything feels very much alive and real with how the characters talk and act to each other, and that doesn't lose its ground after fifty years.

Some shots here and there (one when Monika is out one night, when Harry is not at home, is intriguing on how it just stays on her, and how it's lit) are some of the more memorable ones of the 1950's for the director. I also liked how the characters were believably stuck in the middle of a very plausible dilemma- do they keep on going on with a great, bit love affair alone and off from civilization, or do they face up to what they have to do with living? It's a tragic, somewhat obvious conclusion, but the way it's told is how it scores some points.

Basically, Summer with Monika is a fresh, dark love story that may appeal to those looking for a good alternative to a film of today loaded with cynicism or delight in the shrill conventions with the characters. One may have seen characters like Monika and Harry in other films, yet they are fitting for the style of Bergman's precise bittersweet whimsy and depth.

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