Smiles Of A Summer Night (1955)

INGMAR BERGMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Sommarnattens Leende

Sweden, 1955.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

The Criterion Collection:  #237

Cannes Film FestivalIn Competition

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