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Smiles of a Summer Night ()

Sommarnattens leende (original title)
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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.

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Anne Egerman
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Desiree Armfeldt
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Petra the Maid
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Countess Charlotte Malcolm (as Margit Carlquist)
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Fredrik Egerman
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Count Carl Magnus Malcolm
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Frid the Groom
Björn Bjelfvenstam ...
Henrik Egerman (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
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Mrs. Armfeldt
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Beata, cook
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Malla
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Georg Adelly ...
Legal clerk (uncredited)
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Tobacconist (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Servant (uncredited)
Viveca Heister ...
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Birgitta Hellerstedt ...
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Svea Holst ...
Dresser (uncredited)
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Legal Clerk (uncredited)
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Legal clerk (uncredited)
Lisa Lundholm ...
Mrs. Almgren (uncredited)
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Maid (uncredited)
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Mrs Armfeldt's servant (uncredited)
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Legal clerk (uncredited)
Gunnar Nielsen ...
Niklas, Malcolm's servant (uncredited)
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Ferdinand (uncredited)
Josef Norman ...
Elderly dinner guest (uncredited)
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Servant (uncredited)
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Servant (uncredited)
Georg Skarstedt ...
Legal clerk (uncredited)
Hans Strååt ...
Adolf Almgren, photographer (uncredited)
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Maid (uncredited)
Einar Söderbäck ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
Anders Wulff ...
Fredrik, Desirée's son (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman ... ()

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Allan Ekelund ... producer

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Erik Nordgren

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Gunnar Fischer

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Oscar Rosander

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P.A. Lundgren

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Mago

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Lennart Olsson ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Per-Olof Pettersson ... sound (as P.O. Pettersson)
Lennart Wallin ... sound (uncredited)

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Louis Huch ... still photographer (uncredited)
Åke Nilsson ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Eskil Eckert-Lundin ... conductor (as E. Eckert-Lundin)
Erik Nordgren ... music arranger (uncredited)

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Gustav Roger ... supervisor
Katinka Faragó ... continuity clerk (uncredited)
Ove Kant ... technical assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 Countess Charlotte Malcolm, who he freely allows to have affairs of her own, or so he says. The Countess and Anne also happen to be friends. Largely orchestrated by Desirée, these interrelationships may play themselves out on one summer overnight social gathering at Desirée's mother's house, but not without the potential of some unforeseen tragic consequences. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The wittiest, most daring romantic comedy of the year, starring four of Sweden's most beautiful actresses. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Smiles of a Summer Night (World-wide, English title)
  • Smiles of a Summer Night (United States)
  • Sourires d'une nuit d'été (France)
  • Sonrisas de una noche de verano (Spain)
  • Sorrisos de Uma Noite de Amor (Brazil)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia This light, frothy piece (in terms of Ingmar Bergman's general oeuvre) was made whilst the director was undergoing financial troubles, stomach pains (he weighed only 125 pounds at the time) and a romance with Harriet Andersson that was on the rocks. Bergman later said that if he hadn't made this film when he did, he probably would have attempted suicide. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Bergman Island (2004). See more »
Soundtracks AUFSCHWUNG OPUS 12 NR 2 See more »
Quotes Petra the Maid: And then the summer night smiled for the third time.
Frid the Groom: [to the audience] For the sad, the depressed, the sleepless, the confused, the frightened, the lonely.
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