Smiles of a Summer Night

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Overview

A masterful romantic comedy exploring love and loyalty as seen through the eyes of distinguished Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, the director's international breakthrough comes to DVD as part of The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in Swedish Dolby Digital Mono with optional English subtitles, this release also offers a wealth of bonus materials that will certainly be of interest to Bergman fans. Beginning with an introduction by the director himself, viewers can ...
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Overview

A masterful romantic comedy exploring love and loyalty as seen through the eyes of distinguished Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, the director's international breakthrough comes to DVD as part of The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in Swedish Dolby Digital Mono with optional English subtitles, this release also offers a wealth of bonus materials that will certainly be of interest to Bergman fans. Beginning with an introduction by the director himself, viewers can also access a newly filmed video discussion of the Smiles of a Summer Night with film historian Peter Cowie and producer Jörn Donner, a new piece from Ingmar Bergman Directs author John Simon, an essay by noted film critic Pauline Kael, and an original Swedish theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

New high definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Video introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman; New video conversation with film historian Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner; Swedish theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; 24-page booklet including a new essay by theater and film critic John Simon and an essay by film critic Pauline Kael
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
A welcome anomaly in the career of the famously angst-ridden director, this eight-part rondo is a dazzling comedy of manners suffused with the shimmering eroticism of summer nights. Under the influence of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bergman sets his mismatched couples awhirl, and in the stumbling slapstick and sublime ecstasy of the chase, he gently punctures the illusions and pretensions that have made their current ties so stifling. Of course, as is the director's wont, the men are the truly benighted creatures here, in particular the hapless Frederik, who is as blind to the farcical nature of his marriage as he is to the intentions of the designing Desiree. But even amidst the Ryarp manor's lush atmosphere of abandon and sensuality, none of the players can escape an undercurrent of bittersweet longing, a sense of the transience of romantic love. Despite a characteristic dash of Strindbergian venom, one might not immediately recognize the director's signature in the elegant epigrams and polished wit of the screenplay, but his genius is evident in the inspired ensemble of acting of the entire company, particularly the ineffable work of these four intoxicating actresses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 037429193921
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,611

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eva Dahlbeck Desirée Armfeldt
Ulla Jacobsson Anne Egerman
Harriet Andersson Petra, the maid
Margit Carlquist Charlotte Malcolm
Gunnar Björnstrand Fredrik Egerman
Jarl Kulle Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Åke Fridell Frid, the groom
Björn Bjelvenstam Henrik Egerman
Sigge Fuerst Policeman
Julian Kindahl The Cook
Gosta Prnzelius Footman
Naima Wifstrand Madame Armfeldt
Anders Wulff Footman, Desirée's Son
Bibi Andersson Actress
Sten Gester Servant
Svea Holst Dresser
Ulf Johansson Legal agency clerk
Arne Lindblad Actor
Mona Malm Maid
Gull Natorp Malla
Gunnar Nielsen Niklas
Yngve Nordwall Ferdinand
Mille Schmidt Servant
Hans Str__t Almgen the Photographer
Birgitta Valberg Actress
Boerje Mellvig Clerk
Lena Soderblom
John Melin
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Allan Ekelund Producer
Gunnar Fischer Cinematographer
P.A. Lundgren Art Director
Carl M. Lundh Makeup
Mago Costumes/Costume Designer
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
Oscar Rosander Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:44]
2. Fredrik Egerman [3:18]
3. Family Gathering [3:34]
4. Afternoon Nap [2:15]
5. Desirée's Performance [3:39]
6. Father to Son [3:29]
7. Goodnight to Anne [5:14]
8. Backstage Reunion [7:18]
9. Moonlight Promenade [1:13]
10. Old Memories Awakened [6:45]
11. "Will There Be a War?" [6:29]
12. Mrs. Armfeldt's Wisdom [:02]
13. Meet the Malcolms [5:04]
14. From Petra With Love [2:40]
15. Woman of the House [4:22]
16. Charlotte Pays a Visit [4:09]
17. Weekend Gathering [5:51]
18. Smoking and Scheming [6:15]
19. Strange Brew [2:17]
20. A Little Night Music [7:28]
21. Special Delivery [3:13]
22. Summer Night Smiles [5:50]
23. For Jesters and Fools [4:28]
24. Russian Roulette [:45]
25. For Eighteen False Smiles [6:47]
26. "Does it Hurt?" [1:29]
27. "I Promise" [1:55]
28. Color Bars [1:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Ingmar Bergman Introduction
      Play
   Peter Cowie and Jörn Donner
      Play
      Index
         "Changed it All Overnight"
         Bergman and Comedy
         Around the Table
         Upstairs/Downstairs Situation
         The Prize at Cannes
      Bios
   Swedish Trailer
   Subtitles
      On
      Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Below average for Bergman. I didn't find much to laugh at.. fran

    Below average for Bergman. I didn't find much to laugh at.. frankly I found "The Seventh Seal" had more comedic moments.

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