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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
"Sommarnattens leende" (original title)

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A small town at the turn of the century. Lawer Fredrik Egerman has an ingénue-wife, Anne, and a grown-up son, Henrik, from an earlier marriage. His wife is still untouched, and instead he ... See full summary »

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Åke Fridell ...
Frid the Groom
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Henrik Egerman (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
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Mrs. Armfeldt
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Beata, cook
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A small town at the turn of the century. Lawer Fredrik Egerman has an ingénue-wife, Anne, and a grown-up son, Henrik, from an earlier marriage. His wife is still untouched, and instead he meets his former mistress Desiree after her performance at the theatre. They leave the theatre together and Egerman falls in one of the puddles. Desiree takes him to her home and Egerman changes into a night-shirt, owned by count Malcolm, Desirees present lover. Suddenly the count comes for a visit and throws Egerman out. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Sexy Frolic About the Sport of Love

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23 December 1957 (USA)  »

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On Time magazine's 100 greatest films list. 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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Desiree Armfeldt: Why don't you write your memoirs?
Mrs. Armfeldt: My dear daughter, I was given this estate for promising not to write my memoirs.
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PSALM 144: I HIMMELEN, I HIMMELEN
Written by Laurentius Laurinius sr
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Sometimes a deadpan comedy, sometimes a dark introspective epic
18 August 1999 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Sardonic morality story about four couples who represent the different aspects of love. Sometimes a deadpan comedy, sometimes a dark introspective epic. I loved the scenes between the Count and Fredrik, showing off the different faces of arrogance. In some places it can get overly melodramatic

  • the orchestra hits, for example, no longer have the same


meaning.

The visual metaphors are the most subtle, and most interesting, that I have ever seen (many are laughably overt and cleverly overshadow the more subtle ones). If you don't speak Swedish and have to read subtitles, try as much as you can to read the faces of the women as they speak, especially Charlotte and Desiree as they try and overcome their phallic universe.


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