Smiles of a Summer Night

Smiles of a Summer Night

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Overview

Smiles of a Summer Night

Bergman's comic masterpiece opens with middle-aged lawyer Frederik Egerman (Gunnar Bjornstrand) again failing to consummate his marriage with the much younger Anne (Ulla Jacobsson). While visiting a former lover, actress Desiree Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck), he crosses swords with her current lover, Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle), after both men learn that Frederik is the father of her illegitimate child. At Desiree's behest, her mother invites Egerman, the Count, and their wives along with Egerman's grown son, Henrik (Björn Bjelvenstam) to her manor house for the weekend. Before their departure, divinity student Henrik wards off the eager advances of the housemaid by reading from the Bible aloud, but it seems clear that he and Anne are quite taken with one another. After arriving at the Ryarp estate the guests are served a dinner spiked with a love potion which provokes swift reactions. The bewildered Frederik becomes aware of the increasingly intense bond between Henrik and Anne, and the Countess (Margit Carlquist) makes a public bet with her husband that she can seduce Frederik. Shocked by the dinner-table conversation, the strait-laced Henrik retires to his room to commit suicide. In the course of his bumbling attempt, he has the good fortune to learn why so many prefer sex to death.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
UPC: 0715515070713
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 17,406

Special Features

Video Introduction to the Film by Director Ingmar Bergman; ; Video Conversation between Bergman scholar Peter Cowie and Writer Jörn Donner, Executive Producer Of Fanny and Alexander; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by Theater and Film Critic John Simon and a 1961 review by Film Critic Pauline Kael

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 Actor
John Melin Actor

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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Smiles of a Summer Night 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Below average for Bergman. I didn't find much to laugh at.. frankly I found "The Seventh Seal" had more comedic moments.