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23 December 1957 (USA) See more »
A Sexy Frolic About the Sport of Love
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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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Ingmar Bermgan Sends In The Clowns See more (35 total) »


  (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Sommarnattens leende" - Sweden (original title)
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108 min | Argentina:110 min | France:105 min (2001 DVD release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-11 (re-rating) | Germany:16 (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) | West Germany:18

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To add to his woes, Bergman's producer at Svensk Filmindustri informed him that he would not be able to finance his next film if this one didn't perform at the box office.See more »
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 »
Mrs. Armfeldt:[holding a cup of wine at a dinner table] My dear children and friends. According to legend, the wine is pressed from grapes whose juice gushes out like drops of blood against the pale grape skin. It is also said that to each cask filled with this wine was added a drop of milk from a young mother's breast and a drop of seed from a young stallion. These lend to the wine secret seductive powers. Whoever drinks hereof does so at his own risk and must answer for himself.See more »
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Ingmar Bermgan Sends In The Clowns, 19 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi ( from Biloxi, Mississippi

This was director Ingmar Bergman's break-through film, the winner of the 1956 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the first of his many internationally acclaimed films. The story is a time honored one, referencing the same tradition of romantic complications found in Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Rostand's LA RONDE: every one is either in love with or married to the wrong person.

A famous actress with two very different lovers invites both, their wives, and the son of one lover to her mother's country estate in the hope of sorting out the romantic entanglements to her satisfaction--and the result is considerable charm and unexpectedly dry wit. All the performances are excellent, with Eva Dahlbeck's Desiree a standout, but the real star of this ensemble piece is the unexpectedly witty script. Never quite veering over into broad farce but never sinking into romantic sentimentality, it is a very precisely written tale, and both cast and director make the most of it.

In the face of Bergman's later work, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT may seem rather slight, and indeed both psychology and cinematography is considerably less complex than one expects. Even so, it is very much a Bergman film: the visual style is distinct, and the themes of appearances vs. reality, the inability to correctly interpret another's behavior, and the failure to understand one's self are very much in evidence--only here to comic effect. It is in every way a charming film that Bergman fans will enjoy.

Incidentally, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT was successfully translated to the stage as the musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, the score of which includes the famous "Send In The Clowns." Fans of the original film will be interested to compare the two works.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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