Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude) (1951)
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In this melancholy romance, a not-so-young ballerina recalls an earlier, tragic love affair. The heroine, Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson), spends a summer with her possessive Uncle Erland (Georg Funkquist), who lives with his cancerous wife on an island near Stockholm. While staying with her uncle, who may have intimidated her into a sexual relationship, Marie befriends an innocent youth, Henrik (Birger Malmsten), with whom she soon falls in love. As the glorious summer comes to an end and autumn
Oct 1, 1951 Wide
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Kaj a ballerina
Karl a janitor
Nisse a janitor
Maja a dresser
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The sense of fate that descends over the drama is very much Bergman's own -- cruel, distant, ultimately imponderable.
Bergman's trademarked brooding is tinged with a surprising hopefulness. Even if love can't last, there is still art, and that's not a bad consolation prize.
Its dark power derives from the tension between the adult woman at the movie's centre and the girl this woman remembers being.
In hindsight, Summer Interlude looks and feels like a number of Bergman's subsequent (and arguably greater) films, but at the time, it must have seemed like something entirely new.
It plays out as Bergman's Red Shoes, that's gracefully done as a French romantic drama.
One of Bergman's favorites among his own films, this movie features a complex episodic structure and makes fine use of lighting to create an effective ambience for the flashback sequences.
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