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Smiles Of A Summer Night

Smiles Of A Summer Night (1955)

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Bergman's comic masterpiece opens with middle-aged lawyer Frederik Egerman (Gunnar Bjornstrand) again failing to consummate his marriage with the much younger Anne (Ulla Jacobsson). While visiting a former lover, actress Desiree Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck), he crosses swords with her current lover, Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle), after both men learn that Frederik is the father of her illegitimate child. At Desiree's behest, her mother invites Egerman, the Count, and their wives along with Egerman's

May 25, 2004

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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?

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An impeccable choreography of vows broken, shuffled and reaffirmed

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

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

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There's some magic it has in the shimmering summer tone it sets.

August 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though Bergman's staging of the affair occasionally suggests a proscenium is just beyond the frame, the ensemble brings joyful veracity to the romantic complications and well-drawn characters.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's good enough, I suppose, but I wouldn't recommend it.

July 12, 2004

Lusty comedy of manners plays like a lighter Rules of the Game.

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

As a maker of romantic comedies, Bergman proves himself the equal of Ernst Lubitsch in his heyday at Paramount in the early 1930s.

November 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bergman was a master to have crafted all of this material together so that it was entertaining.

January 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Smiles Of A Summer Night

Moliere with a little existential angst. Nice.

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November 4, 2007
brooklynspo

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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.
December 28, 2013
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danny d

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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.
June 20, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Charming, light-hearted, delicate, and romantic are not the terms most people think to use when describing Bergman films, and yet "Smiles of a Summer Night" is all of these. This is one of the most sophisticated romantic movies ever filmed, and a pure delight. It is a clever and witty romance based on the classic elements of French farce. Simply wonderful.
December 13, 2009
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