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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Sommarnattens leende (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 December 1957 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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The wittiest, most daring romantic comedy of the year, starring four of Sweden's most beautiful actresses. See more »

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At the end of the shoot, Ingmar Bergman weighed 57kg. See more »

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When Egerman looks in the mirror at Desiree's, his nightcap is bent forwards over his face. In the next shots after he has moved away from the mirror, the nightcap is now bent towards his right shoulder. See more »

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Mrs. Armfeldt: Your father once threw me out of a window.
Desiree Armfeldt: Was it open?
Mrs. Armfeldt: No, closed. I fell straight into a lieutenant colonel. He later became your father.
Desiree Armfeldt: You said my father threw you out.
Mrs. Armfeldt: He became your father later, I said. Aren't you listening? My God I loved him so!
Desiree Armfeldt: Which one?
Mrs. Armfeldt: The one who threw me out the window, of course. The other one was a dolt. He never could do anything amusing.
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LIEBESTRAUM OPUS 62 NR 3
Music by Franz Liszt
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One of Bergmans's best
5 July 2004 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See 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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