Smiles of a Summer Night


Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)



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In this drama, directed by Ingmar Bergman, four people indulge in a sexual smorgasbord during a wild weekend at a resort. The story is set in the early 1900s and the characters are a man, his ex-lover, his uncaring wife, and a jealous lover.

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Ulla Jacobsson
as Anne Egerman
Eva Dahlbeck
as Desirée Armfeldt
Margit Carlquist
as Charlotte Malcolm
Harriet Andersson
as Petra the maid
Gunnar Bjornstrand
as Frederik Egerman
Jarl Kulle
as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Margit Carlqvist
as Charlotte Malcolm
Jari Kulle
as Count Malcolm
Åke Fridell
as Frid the groom
Sigge Fuerst
as Policeman
Björn Bjelvenstam
as Henrik Egerman
Naima Wifstrand
as Mrs. Armfeldt
Anders Wulff
as Footman
Svea Holst
as Dresser
Hans Straat
as Almgen the Photographer
Lisa Lundholm
as Mrs. Almgren
Ulf Johansson
as Legal agency clerk
Sigge Fürst
as Policeman
Yngve Nordwall
as Ferdinand
Joseph Norrman
as Elderly Dinner Guest
John Melin
as Mrs. Armfeldt's Servant
Sten Gester
as Servant
Hans Str__t
as Almgen the Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Smiles of a Summer Night

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An impeccable choreography of vows broken, shuffled and reaffirmed

Jul 15, 2012 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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…

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

Aug 28, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Aug 29, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smiles of a Summer Night


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
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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Moliere with a little existential angst. Nice. Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007 Trivia: Source for Sondheim's A Little Night Music

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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