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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Sommarnattens leende (original title)
In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Henrik Egerman (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Armfeldt
Jullan Kindahl ... Beata, cook
Gull Natorp ... Malla
Birgitta Valberg ... Actress
Bibi Andersson ... Actress
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Storyline

It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current wife Anne Egerman's two-year marriage has not yet been consummated. Fredrik wants to give Anne as much time as she needs to feel comfortable before losing her virginity. Although she loved Fredrik when they got married, Anne realizes she is attracted to Fredrik's adult son, Henrik Egerman, a brooding seminary student who is home following his most recent exams. Also a virgin, Henrik has been in an awkward flirtation with the Egermans' sexually experienced maid, Petra, in an effort to lose his virginity. When she first sees actress Desirée Armfeldt, Anne, without Fredrik telling her, knows that Desirée and Fredrik used to be lovers, the two who still have feelings for each other. Desirée currently is having an affair with married Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. While he is jealous of any man who Desirée shows any attention to such as Fredrik, he is not the same with his young wife, the ... Written by Huggo

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A titillating, tantalizing tug-of-amour played for the happiest stakes of all by the merriest, mixed-up menage of brides, mistresses, and wives and wandering males that ever lampooned the love game! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

23 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiles of a Summer Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

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

Desiree Armfeldt: I hit him on the head with the poker.
Mrs. Armfeldt: What did the Count say then?
Desiree Armfeldt: We elected to part amicably.
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Alternate Versions

Originally, the UK theatrical version had the words "lust" changed to "passion" and "lecherous fantasies" changed to "unspeakable dreams". The lines "Nearly everything that's fun is a sin. Then I say three cheers for sin" were completely cut. See more »

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Featured in Bergman - ett år, ett liv (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

AUFSCHWUNG OPUS 12 NR 2
Music by Robert Schumann
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Engaging!

No matter how many films I see, whether they be foreign language or American or silent, early sound, or currently in theaters, I still find myself getting surprised by the content found in older films. "Smiles of a Summer Night" is a pretty edgy film, touching with great candor subject matters somewhat taboo today. And the film does this while being a complete joy to watch. This is certainly one of the great sex comedies and certain to be a good introduction to Bergman for those concerned about some of his tougher films. Besides, any Bergman fan should be proud of this film, because word has it that he had reached a crossroads, during a heavy bout with depression, before writing this film. He was either to commit suicide or write a comedy. The rest of his catalog and his canonized presence in film history shows what that decision brought us.


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