Smiles Of A Summer Night (Sommarnattens Leende)


(out of 5)

The beautiful, lyrical comedy-drama that inspired countless imitations and even a Broadway musical (A Little Night Music). A beautiful but lonely actress () invites her lover, his wife, her ex-lover, his wife and son to her mother’s country villa to play out a game of mix-and-match with the couples, hoping that the end result will work out in her favour. Ingmar Bergman injects a lovely sense of poetry into the dialogue, presenting a more starry-eyed and loving portrait of humanity than he had ever shown before in his more turgid dramas. Woody Allen was inspired to make his own imitation version of the film, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, in 1982.

Svensk Filmindustri

Sweden, 1955

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1956


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