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Release Date:
23 December 1957 (USA) See more »
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A Sexy Frolic About the Sport of Love
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It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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One of the most literate and satisfying of all romantic comedies See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ulla Jacobsson ... Anne Egerman
Eva Dahlbeck ... Desiree Armfeldt

Harriet Andersson ... Petra the Maid
Margit Carlqvist ... Countess Charlotte Malcolm (as Margit Carlquist)

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Fredrik Egerman

Jarl Kulle ... Count Carl Magnus Malcolm
Åke Fridell ... Frid the Groom
Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Henrik Egerman (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Armfeldt
Jullan Kindahl ... Beata, cook
Gull Natorp ... Malla
Birgitta Valberg ... Actress

Bibi Andersson ... Actress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georg Adelly ... Legal clerk (uncredited)
David Erikson ... Tobacconist (uncredited)
Sigge Fürst ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sten Gester ... Servant (uncredited)
Viveca Heister ... (uncredited)
Birgitta Hellerstedt ... (uncredited)
Svea Holst ... Dresser (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Legal Clerk (uncredited)
Arne Lindblad ... Actor (uncredited)
Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt ... Legal clerk (uncredited)
Lisa Lundholm ... Mrs. Almgren (uncredited)
Mona Malm ... Maid (uncredited)
John Melin ... Mrs Armfeldt's servant (uncredited)
Börje Mellvig ... Legal clerk (uncredited)
Gunnar Nielsen ... Niklas, Malcolm's servant (uncredited)
Yngve Nordwall ... Ferdinand (uncredited)
Josef Norman ... Elderly dinner guest (uncredited)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Servant (uncredited)
Mille Schmidt ... Servant (uncredited)
Georg Skarstedt ... Legal clerk (uncredited)
Hans Strååt ... Adolf Almgren, photographer (uncredited)
Lena Söderblom ... Maid (uncredited)
Einar Söderbäck ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Anders Wulff ... Fredrik, Desirée's son (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman 

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Mago 
 
Makeup Department
Carl M. Lundh .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lennart Olsson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Per-Olof Pettersson .... sound (as P.O. Pettersson)
Lennart Wallin .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Huch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Åke Nilsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eskil Eckert-Lundin .... conductor (as E. Eckert-Lundin)
Erik Nordgren .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gustav Roger .... supervisor
Katinka Faragó .... continuity clerk (uncredited)
Ove Kant .... technical assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sommarnattens leende" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
108 min | Argentina:110 min | France:105 min (2001 DVD release)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-11 (re-rating) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Portugal:17 (censored version) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) | UK:X (original rating) (1956) (cut) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Inspired Stephen Sondheim to make the musical "A Little Night Music".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While everyone is at the supper, Henrik collapses on the table. Anna puts her hand on his right shoulder but after a cutaway to Fredrik's face, her hand is now on the left shoulder. She is also much closer to the table, and Fredrik is looking the wrong way.See more »
Quotes:
Charlotte:Men are horrible, vain and conceited. They have hair all over their bodies.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Love and Death (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
AUFSCHWUNG OPUS 12 NR 2See more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the most literate and satisfying of all romantic comedies, 22 March 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Ingmar Bergman's dramatic forays capture what is very essential to great dramas- the key emotions should be expressed like poetry, flowing to a rhythm even if it's somber and tragic. He uses this emotional logic with his actors for this comedy of manners and the heart (pre-Seventh Seal), where he has his screenplay wonderfully unfold the character's amusing feelings on love, sex, and dealing with the opposite gender, all the while making sure his players know the words and the music. Here he has Gunnar Bjornstrand, a regular later on, as a lawyer who has a son and mistress, but also pines for an actress who may not fancy him as much as she used to. Harriet Andersson, also a regular in other Bergman films (a key one being Cries and Whispers where she played the dying woman), appears as a young, joyful woman, who even gives the lawyer's son, a priest, a bit of lust here and there.

In fact, Smiles of a Summer Night is Bergman's most joyous film, though that's not to say there can't be grand moments of joy in his dramas and reflections on god. But in this film, he shows how he is a filmmaker quite competent to skillfully accomplish a story of real people in real romantic whimsies, and at times (such as a quick scene on a bed with two giggling, laughing girls) reveals his views on humanity are truly not as bleak as some might think. Assuredly a must watch for fans of the director, yet one may want to watch a couple of his dramas if they're just starting out on his films (depending on the mood- personally, this would serve as a great pick-me-up as opposed to the stark Cries and Whispers).

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