Smiles of a Summer Night

1955, Comedy, 1h 48m

15 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Early in the 20th century, middle-aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman (Gunnar Björnstrand) and his young wife, Anne (Ulla Jacobsson), have still not consummated their marriage, while Fredrik's son (Bjorn Bjelvenstam) finds himself increasingly attracted to his new stepmother. To make matters worse, Fredrik's old flame Desiree (Eva Dahlbeck) makes a public bet that she can seduce him at a romantic weekend retreat where four couples convene, swapping partners and pairing off in unexpected ways.

Cast & Crew

Ulla Jacobsson
Anne Egerman
Eva Dahlbeck
Desiree Armfeldt
Harriet Andersson
Petra the Maid
Margit Carlqvist
Countess Charlotte Malcolm
Gunnar Björnstrand
Fredrik Egerman
Jarl Kulle
Carl Magnus
Åke Fridell
Frid the Groom
Bjorn Bjelvenstam
Henrik Egerman
Naima Wifstrand
Mrs. Armfeldt
Erik Nordgren
Original Music
Gunnar Fischer
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Critic Reviews for Smiles of a Summer Night

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Audience Reviews for Smiles of a Summer Night

  • Sep 19, 2017
    It's charming and a lot more insightful than it's plot suggests. Proof that Bergman should have made more romantic comedies.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    Classy, joyous; Bergman playing with a full-star cast , spot-on, polished, comedic dialogues, and the madness of love with some touches of early Max Öphuls in German territory. Comedy at its best, since it provides the laughs and smiles from the authenticity of the characters and the previously planned screenplay. One of the greatest romantic comedies of the decade, several times referenced in the future specially by Woody Allen. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    Another outstanding Bergman film, one that is a departure of most his traits but still retains a few jabs at religion and his mastery of the craft. Amazing cinematography and beautifully filmed in striking black and white, the film is a wonderful atmosphere to be immersed in for the 109 minute runtime. Teeming to the brim with sexual energy and tension the film sucks you in and you are so focused on the multiple characters and their various relationships you are constantly following each and every word. Before you know things get very serious from the earlier more lighthearted pieces of the film and makes this work not only as a great comedy but a great classic drama piece at the same time. Highly Highly Recommended! If you are more conservative and most Bergman films turn you off, this is a great one to enjoy given a mature audience.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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