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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Smiles of a Summer Night


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One of Ingmar Bergman's sweetest and most lyrical films, Smiles of a Summer Night takes place in 1900. The scene is the country estate of Swedish doctor Fredrik Egerman (Gunnar Bjornstrand) and his new, young, and still chaste wife Anne (Ulla Jacobsson). In the course of one midsummer's eve, Anne loses her virginity to Fredrik's son (Bjorn Bjelvenstam) while Fredrik renews his romance with his ex-mistress, the glamorous actress Desirée Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck). Also positively affected by the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Art House & International , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ingmar Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004
Criterion Collection


as Anne Egerman

as Desirée Armfeldt

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as Policeman

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as Legal agency clerk

as Policeman

as Ferdinand

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Critic Reviews for Smiles of a Summer Night

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Who would have thought that august Sweden would be sending us a film comedy as witty and cheerfully candid about the complexities of love as any recent French essay on l'amour?

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An impeccable choreography of vows broken, shuffled and reaffirmed

Full Review… | July 15, 2012

Bergman's classic sparkles with wit and innuendo in a way that most modern romantic comedies can't even come close to.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011

Smiles of a Summer Night is as delightful a romantic roundelay as has ever been made in world cinema; even the title is wonderful.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Smiles of a Summer Night

Moliere with a little existential angst. Nice.

Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007

Trivia: Source for Sondheim's A Little Night Music

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


i love bergman, but my one criticism of his work would be that it's too seldom cheerful. this film stands tall on being admirably cheerful for a work of his. this, along with the way the story unfolds throughout the smiles of the night, make for an enjoying movie. i think the film is held back by disjointed story telling and a far less purposeful plot than most of his work, but overall a film i liked.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Sweden doesn't see a lot of summer, warm weather, and when it finally arrives ... well, blood races, and so the basis of Bergman's surprising (well, its Bergman!?!) romantic comedy involving 4 couples playful verbal sparring with an eye towards eventual mating. Light, full bodied, exquisitely rendered, and a little saucy.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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