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Smiles of a Summer Night

Smiles of a Summer Night
Movie: Smiles of a Summer Night(1955)[tt0048641] 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 byHuggo
Title Smiles of a Summer Night
Release Date 26 December 1955 (Sweden)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Romance
Production Companies Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Ulla Jacobsson
Ulla Jacobsson...
Anne Egerman...
Eva Dahlbeck
Eva Dahlbeck...
Desiree Armfeldt...
Harriet Andersson
Harriet Andersson...
Petra the Maid...
Margit Carlqvist
Margit Carlqvist...
Countess Charlotte Malcol...
Gunnar Björnstrand
Gunnar Björnstrand...
Fredrik Egerman...
Jarl Kulle
Jarl Kulle...
Count Carl Magnus Malcolm...
Åke Fridell
Åke Fridell...
Frid the Groom...
Naima Wifstrand
Naima Wifstrand...
Mrs. Armfeldt...
Jullan Kindahl
Jullan Kindahl...
Beata, cook...
Gull Natorp
Gull Natorp...
Malla...
Birgitta Valberg
Birgitta Valberg...
Actress...
Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson...
Actress...

Reviews

ian_harris on 13 February 2003
Begrman's comedy's tend to leave me cold, but I was persuaded that this one would be interesting. Bergman to some extent made his name on the back of this film. Woody Allen famously based A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy on this movie, thus coming out as a Bergman fan. Frankly, I think Allen has more talent for comedy than Bergman, but Smiles of a Summer Night has more depth and more interesting development of ideas than the Allen follow-up. This movie is a typical comedy of manners and the plot is of little consequence - it has a few fun moments but the interest is in the acting and the ideas. In terms of performances, Gunnar Bjornstrand and Harriet Andersson are both superb - the rest are Bergman's usual suspects, mostly of ensemble quality. Perhaps it is Bergman's weakness with comedy, but Eva Dahlbeck and Jarl Kulle (who appear frequently in his comedies) usually seem very weak to me. Bibi Andersson is in this movie, but I blinked at the appropriate moment so I missed her. Sigh.The core ideas of the film (that love visits few of us, even fewer of us make a good fist of it, most of us live lies and/or make fools of ourselves in matters of love) are examined well and in an enjoyable way. The style of this comedy reminds me of Jean Anouilh's lighter plays, which I suppose reflects the European style of the 1950's. Most Bergman comedies have aged disgracefully, but this one has aged gracefully and certainly has something. Worth watching.

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