Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—the tenth film by Ingmar Bergman was a gentle sway toward true mastery. In one of the director’s great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as Marie, an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. A film that the director considered a creative turning point, Summer Interlude is a reverie on life and death that bridges the gap between Bergman’s past and future, theater and cinema. –The Criterion Collection
The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
You ever see a movie that's just like something you've lived through, so all you can think is that maybe this movie was specifically made for you? This is the epitome of that kind of movie for me. Besides being one of Bergman's more underrated films, I think it's great because of how familiar it is to me. It was so easy for this movie to grab me because I could see myself in every scene. A very special movie to me.
An idyllic and poetic story about a bitter woman locked in her own past. Passion is something new to her when she falls in love with a lunatic student. They spend a lovely summer; days that aren't meant to sleep, enjoying every second. A tradegy occurs that will change her life forever, leaving her alone with art, with ballet. She has to confront her past and burry it in order to find the true hapiness in life.
English Title: Summer Interlude
Original Title: Sommarlek
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Ingmar Bergman
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