Smiles of a Summer Night

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Bergman's first major success, inspiration for both Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, this enchanting comedy of manners assembles a team of couples, ex-couples and would-be couples, and puts them through their paces in a game of love at a country house party during one heady midsummer weekend in 1900. Ruthless towards its characters' amorous pretensions, but extending a kind of ironic tenderness when they get hoist with their own petards, it is a wonderfully funny, genuinely erotic, and quite superbly acted rondo of love. Dig too deeply and it disintegrates, but its facade - decked out in elegant turn-of-the-century settings and costumes - has a magical, shimmering beauty.

By: TM


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
Eva Dahlbeck
Ulla Jacobsson
Harriet Andersson
Margit Carlqvist
Gunnar Björnstrand
Jarl Kulle
Ake Fridell
Björn Bjelvenstam
Naima Wifstrand
Bibi Andersson
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