Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Original title: Sommarnattens Leende
Sweden, 1955. Svensk Filmindustri. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer. Produced by Allan Ekelund. Music by Erik Nordgren. Production Design by P.A. Lundgren. Costume Design by Mago. Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.
The beautiful, lyrical comedy-drama that inspired countless imitations and even a Broadway musical (A Little Night Music). A beautiful but lonely actress (Eva Dahlbeck) 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.
The Criterion Collection: #237
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition