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1,887 Ratings

Smiles of a Summer Night

Sommarnattens leende

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1955
Comedy, Romance


In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing male pretensions and insecurities along the way.

Our take

Contesting with their fidelity and morality, the richly-drawn and endlessly witty central quartet of characters in Ingmar Bergman’s dual marriage plots may be those of a tragicomedy, instead of a simple farce. An amour fou, with two of the Swedish auteur’s biggest stars: Harriet and Bibi Andersson.

Smiles of a Summer Night Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

The rawest critique comes from the aspiring young minister, sore with anguish amidst a sea of aphorisms: “This is too painful to be comical!”
September 08, 2012
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In Smiles of a Summer Night, boudoir farce becomes lyric poetry. The sexual chases and the round dance are romantic, nostalgic; the coy bits of feminine plotting are gossamer threads of intrigue. The film becomes an elegy to transient love: a gust of wind and the whole vision may drift away.
May 03, 2011
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