Sommaren med Monika

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Overview

An innocent youth finds love and, eventually, heartbreak in this film, which ranks among Ingmar Bergman's simplest and most unaffected. Harry Lars Ekborg, the unworldly, unhappy hero, suffers at his job and in his personal life. Then he falls in love with the superficial Monika Harriet Andersson, who shows little capacity for sensitivity but radiates carnality. Defying the repressive, degrading ways of adult society, the couple flees from the city, their responsibilities, and their problems by stealing a boat and...
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Overview

An innocent youth finds love and, eventually, heartbreak in this film, which ranks among Ingmar Bergman's simplest and most unaffected. Harry Lars Ekborg, the unworldly, unhappy hero, suffers at his job and in his personal life. Then he falls in love with the superficial Monika Harriet Andersson, who shows little capacity for sensitivity but radiates carnality. Defying the repressive, degrading ways of adult society, the couple flees from the city, their responsibilities, and their problems by stealing a boat and retreating to an island, where they live free of inhibitions or social restrictions. But when the glorious summer comes to an end, the young couple is compelled to return to the city, where their relationship soon disintegrates. Monika gives birth to their child but shows little parental inclination, preferring to sleep late and lounge about. Harry, meanwhile, tries to provide support. Bored, Monika eventually finds another lover, whereupon Harry moves his child from their filthy apartment and determines to make a better life. With its agreeable lead actress and its unadorned style, Sommaren med Monika constitutes one of Bergman's most immediate and accessible films. Harriet Andersson, who became a Bergman regular, shows an unabashed sexuality that would serve her well in subsequent films, and she reveals a canny ability to maintain audience interest, if not sympathy, for a character that is ultimately unappealing, even repellant. Bergman allows Andersson's performance to dominate the film. He generally abstains from emphatic lighting or provocative angles, preferring to accommodate his actress with rich close-ups and sunlit portraits. Andersson's compelling performance, together with the film's idyllic island setting and Bergman's unfailing direction, renders Sommaren med Monika an impressive, noteworthy work.
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Special Features

Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman; Interview with actress Harriet Anderson, conducted by film scholar Peter Cowie; Interview with film scholar Eric Schaefer about Kroger Babb and his distribution of Monika, the story of a bad girl as an exploitation film; Images from the Playground, a half-hour documentary by Stig Björkman featuring behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman, archival audio interviews with Bermgna, and new interviews with actresses Bibi Anderson and Harriet Anderson; Trailer; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Hubner, a 1958 review by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, and a publicity piece from 1953 in which Bergman interviews himself
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2012
  • UPC: 715515096010
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Swedish
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,626

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harriet Andersson Monika
Lars Ekborg Harry
John Harryson Letle
Georg Skarstedt Harry's father
Åke Fridell Monika's Father
Gösta Eriksson Manager of glass shop
Gustaf Faringborg Second Man
Sigge Fuerst Employee in glass shop
Åke Grönberg
Gosta Prnzelius Employee in glass shop
Viktor Andersson Beer drinker
Tor Borong Second-hand salesman
Naemi Briese Monika's mother
Ernst Brunman The Tobacconist
Dagmar Ebbesen Harry's aunt
Bengt Eklund Vegetable store worker
Carl-Axel Elfving Worker
Arthur Fischer The vegetable store manager
Magnus Kesster Worker
Torsten Lilliecrona Driver
Ivar Wahlgren House owner
Catrin Westerlund House owner's Daughter
Renée Björling Wife of house owner
Astrid Bodin Woman in window
Bengt Brunskog Sicke
Mona Geijer-Falkner Woman in window
Goesta Gustafsson The Cashier
Goesta Pruezelius The Salesman
Hanny Schedin Mrs. Boman
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Les Baxter Score Composer
E. Eckert-Lundin Score Composer
Allan Ekelund Producer
Gunnar Fischer Cinematographer
P.A. Lundgren Production Designer
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Summer with Monika
1. "Spring's Here" [5:34]
2. First Date [6:16]
3. Dinner at Harry's [4:56]
4. Monika's Bad Morning [3:23]
5. Fed Up [5:40]
6. Not Going Back [4:35]
7. Late to Work [3:41]
8. Escape [3:15]
9. The Island [7:17]
10. Summer Nights [2:44]
11. Confessions [4:16]
12. Fire [5:02]
13. Temporary Freedom [1:21]
14. Sick of Mushrooms [7:23]
15. Talk About Returning [3:29]
16. Back to Reality [4:50]
17. June [8:05]
18. Harry Arrives Home Early [4:56]
19. "I Can't Take it Anymore" [5:57]
20. A New Beginning [5:05]
21. Color Bars [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Summer with Monika
   Bergman Intro
      Play
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Peter Cowie Interviews Harriet Anderson
      Play
   Monika Exploited!
      Play
   Trailer
   Subtitles
      On
      Off
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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Remarkable film and remarkable performance from Harriet Andersso

    Remarkable film and remarkable performance from Harriet Andersson. Some may not like how this movie makes them feel, but that's not a bad thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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