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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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Eternal Smile See more (35 total) »

Cast

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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:
Carl Magnus:I shall remain faithful until the great yawn do us part.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
BORT MED SORG OCH BITTERHETSee more »

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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Eternal Smile, 10 February 2005
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"Smiles of a Summer Night" is one of the most elegant and charming carnal comedies ever filmed. It is clever, witty, and incredibly sexy. Did I mention that it was written and directed by The Ingmar Bergman whose name would not usually be associated with the comedies?

"Smiles of a Summer Night" was a great success with both the critics and the audiences and was submitted for the Cannes film festival…without its creator's knowledge. The film was nominated for the Golden Palm and won the Award for Best Poetic Humor. Bergman describes how he found out about his movie's international recognition, "I was sitting on the toilet reading a morning newspaper. One of the articles was entitled, The Great Victory for a Swedish Cinema at Cannes. I thought, what a wonderful news, what is the movie? And then I read the title, "Smiles of a Summer Night" by Ingmar Bergman." He recalls how poor he was then and he borrowed the money for a ticket to Cannes from Bibi Anderson whom he dated at the time.

I did not laugh a lot but I don't think I was supposed to - "Smiles... is a different kind of comedy, sensual and subtle, with the characters often weak but not ridiculous. The beauty of it is in the dialogs, ironic looks, the charming struggle of wits, and in the realization that not everyone will be blessed with the true and passionate love but the life goes on, anyway. The actresses (Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, and Margit Carlqvist) were incredibly sexy, especially Eva Dahlbeck smoking a cigar and Harriett Andersson as a chambermaid talking to her mistress about the virginity – delightful!

There are no words to describe the beauty, splendor, charm, humor, and sensuality of this film. The best I can do - to paraphrase Woody Allen's line -"that was the most fun I've ever had without sex."

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