Smiles of a Summer Night

Smiles of a Summer Night

Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1955 • Sweden

After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men's hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema's great erotic comedies.

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Smiles of a Summer Night
  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1955 • Sweden

    After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to na...

Extras

  • Ingmar Bergman

    In this short introduction, recorded in his theater on Fårö Island, director Ingmar Bergman reflects on the surprise success of SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT. This piece was produced by reporter Marie Nyreröd for SVT Svensk Television in the summer of 2003.

  • Peter Cowie and Jörn Donner

    In this conversation, recorded in Stockholm in 2003, film historian Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner discuss Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 return to Svensk Filmindustri and his subsequent breakthrough comedy success, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT.