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Release Date:
23 December 1957 (USA) See more »
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A Sexy Frolic About the Sport of Love
Plot:
A small town at the turn of the century. Lawer Fredrik Egerman has an ingénue-wife, Anne, and a grown-up son... 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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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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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:
Filmed in 55 days in the midst of a heatwave.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Frid the Groom:We invoke love, call out to it, beg for it, cry for it, try to mimic it. We think we own it and tell lies about it.
Petra the Maid:But we don't have it.
Frid the Groom:No my sugar pie. We are denied the love of loving. We don't have the gift.
Petra the Maid:Nor the punishment.
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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Bravo Bergman, 17 January 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Men, as a gender, do not come off well in Bergman's charming sex comedy Smiles of a Summer Night, made only one year before his breakthrough hit, The Seventh Seal. At the center of the film is Frederik Egerman (Gunnar Bjonstrand) pompous and self-assured as a lawyer but insecure and frightened by competition as a lover. His son, Henrik (Bjorn Bjelvenstam), torn between the church and the bedroom, is filled with self-hatred for even thinking about going to bed with Petra the maid (Harriet Andersson). Another over-the-top male character is Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle) a poseur whose only response to his wife's infidelity is to challenge the paramour to a duel or a game of Russian Roulette.

In Bergman's world, men are childish, selfish, and arrogant. The women on the other hand are stronger, more self-reflective, capable of pandering to the male ego and to direct their affections elsewhere when the need arises. They suffer greatly, however. Charlotte Malcolm(Margit Carlqvist), the Count's wife admits that she hates men and finds them repulsive with their "hairy" bodies but nonetheless is hopelessly in love with her philandering husband. She says that in any event "a woman's view is seldom based on aesthetics. And one can always turn out the light." Set at the turn of the century, Frederik is married to the very beautiful 19-year old Anne (Ulla Jacobson) but their marriage has never been consummated even after the passage of two years. Though it remains unclear as to why this is the case, nonetheless, Frederik is not at a loss for romance, taking up with a famous actress the equally lovely Desiree Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck), a relationship that began soon after Frederik's first wife died but never revealed to Anne. He confides in her in a way that he cannot with his young wife and she is a comfort to him though their relationship is full of bitter verbal thrusts and parries. Desiree on the other hand has a string of lovers and it is not hard to understand why, given her fame, beauty, and rapier wit. One of them is the aforementioned Count Malcolm, a ludicrous character with his military getup and macho posturing.

The Count is also not averse to playing around and it turns out that he is also married to the stately and elegant Charlotte. He says that he can accept someone making overtures to his wife but if anyone goes after his mistress, he becomes a "tiger". Later he says the exact opposite when his wife and Frederik have a go round. Oh yes, Henrik secretly desires Anne, and Petra, well she's open to any offers. The situation could have deteriorated into farce but in Bergman's assured hand, everything is resolved in a civilized and even graceful way at a gathering of all eight combatants at Anne's mother's country retreat. Here they all drink a mystery wine and sort out their relationships in a remarkably satisfying manner.

Smiles of a Summer Night came as quite a surprise to me, being used to the philosophical Bergman of Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal (yet always with an added bit of humor). I found it thoroughly enjoyable, an opinion apparently shared with Woody Allen whose film A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy mirrored it and Stephen Sondheim who based his musical "A Little Night Music" on the film. I can't remember when there was such a collection of beautiful women in one film. Not only do they look wonderful but act impeccably and say wise and witty things. Bravo Bergman!

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