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Summer Interlude (1951)

Sommarlek (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 26 October 1954 (USA)
A lonely woman recalls her first love thirteen years prior during a brief summer vacation.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maj-Britt Nilsson ... Marie
Birger Malmsten ... Henrik
Alf Kjellin ... David Nyström
Annalisa Ericson ... Kaj, ballet dancer
Georg Funkquist ... Uncle Erland
Stig Olin ... Ballet Master
Mimi Pollak ... Mrs. Calwagen, Henrik's aunt
Renée Björling ... Aunt Elisabeth
Gunnar Olsson ... The Priest
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Storyline

While waiting for the night rehearsal of the ballet Swan Lake, the lonely twenty-eight year-old ballerina Marie receives a diary through the mail. She travels by ferry to an island nearby Stockholm, where she recalls her first love Henrik. Thirteen years ago, while traveling to spend her summer vacation with her aunt Elisabeth and her uncle Erland, Marie meets Henrik in the ferry and sooner they fall in love for each other. They spend summer vacation together when a tragedy separates them and Marie builds a wall affecting her sentimental life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most INTIMATE love story ever told See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

26 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illicit Interlude See more »

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Budget:

SEK 434,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Summer Interlude (1951) premiered on 1 October 1951 at the Röda Kvarn cinema in Stockholm. The reviews were highly enthusiastic, and it was Bergman's first critical success as a film director. See more »

Quotes

Marie: I'd like to cry all this week and next. Cry away all my shabbiness and all the wasted time. Funny... I can't seem to cry. If I really search inside myself I'm actually... happy!
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Alternate Versions

When the film was released in the United States in 1954 its distributor spliced in unrelated scenes of bathing that were filmed at a nudist colony in Long Island. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Three Scenes with Ingmar Bergman (1975) See more »

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Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Illicit Interlude
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Illicit Interlude (1951)

** (out of 4)

Ingmar Bergman film about a woman (Maj-Britt Nilsson) who looks back at her first love, which took place during the summer and its tragedy that stuck with her throughout life. Like the above film, this one here shows a lot of nice touches but in the end the director just wasn't able to pull it off like some of his later films. Once again the biggest asset is the performance from Nilsson who delivers all the goods and comes off wonderfully well in the youthful part of her character. There are many nice, touching moments but in the end there's just too many dry and slow spots.


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