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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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Beautiful title 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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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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On Time magazine's 100 greatest films list.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:
Mrs. Armfeldt:Your children are very beautiful, especially the young girl.
Fredrik Egerman:The young girl is my wife, Mrs Armfeldt.
Mrs. Armfeldt:I believe you lead a very strenuous life, Mr Egerman.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Love and Death (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
FANTASIE-IMPROMPTU OPUS 66See more »

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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful title, 3 April 2005
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

A rare comedy from director Ingmar Bergman.

It takes place at the turn of the century. Fredrik Egerman is an old, cynical man who is married to beautiful, young (20) Anne. She can't have sex with him--she's too afraid. He knows and agrees to be patient. He also has a son from a previous marriage (Henrik) who is attracted to Anne. He's also attracted to the maid Petra. Then there's Desiree, a former mistress of Fredrik who is now sleeping with Malcolm (who's also married) and still attracted to Fredrik. Got all that? They all end up spending a summer weekend at a beautiful house in the woods. Things come to a head.

I've always wanted to see this--the title alone is beautiful. I did see it in a revival theatre in the 1980s--I hated it. The print was lousy and edited! During a fairly explicit (for 1955) talk about sex the subtitles disappeared! Just saw it again--unedited and in pretty good shape. While I don't think this is a masterpiece (I'm not a Bergman fan) I did like this.

It is funny--but pretty subtle. The relationships are all complicated but you do have them straight by the end. What's really good about this film is how Bergman treats (and shows) his female characters. Except for Anne (but she changes) they're strong, stand up for themselves and find men and their ways amusing--some of Desirre's looks were very funny. Also, in the form of Petra, they want sex and have no problem letting men know. For 1955 audiences this must have been shocking--Petra (almost) bares her breast and the sexual talk between women is very frank.

The acting is good by everybody...but the film is lacking in romance. I never believed any of these characters loved each other. Also it's slow-moving but it all ends happily. So I did like it--I give it an 8.

Later musicalized by Stephen Sondheim as "A Little Night Music" and disastrously remade (sort of) in Woody Allen's "A Midsummers Night Sex Comedy". Avoid that one at all costs.

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