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2,166 Ratings

Smiles of a Summer Night

Sommarnattens leende

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1955
Comedy, Romance


In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing male pretensions and insecurities along the way.

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Smiles of a Summer Night Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

The rawest critique comes from the aspiring young minister, sore with anguish amidst a sea of aphorisms: “This is too painful to be comical!”
September 08, 2012
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In Smiles of a Summer Night, boudoir farce becomes lyric poetry. The sexual chases and the round dance are romantic, nostalgic; the coy bits of feminine plotting are gossamer threads of intrigue. The film becomes an elegy to transient love: a gust of wind and the whole vision may drift away.
May 03, 2011
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