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Sommarnattens leende

Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1955

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Smiles of a Summer Night

What do you know, Ingmar Bergman could be charming when he wanted to. He slowly thickens the stew to a level of comic-romantic entanglement that would make Lubitsch or Renoir break a sweat, and brings it together for a gorgeous ending. And somehow he includes the Bergman philosophizing—on aging, god, sex, memory, etc.—without the lightness ever flagging. Even a director's minor films deserve 5 stars sometimes.