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Smiles of a Summer Night

(Sommarnattens leende)
Sweden 1955. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 108 min. DCP

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9:00pm - Smiles of a Summer Night

Bergman’s belated international breakthrough came with his sixteenth feature, a sophisticated comedy of sexual manners inspired by Mozart, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Renoir’s Rules of the Game. The film — Bergman’s finest comedy and among his best and most influential works — is set at a turn-of-the-century country estate, where eight men and women have been invited for a summer weekend. A riotous round of sexual intrigue and deception ensues, as couples variously pair off, break up, and exchange partners. The movie won a special prize for “poetic humour” at Cannes, much to Bergman’s surprise. A Little Night Music, Steven Sondheim’s 1973 Tony-winning musical, was a Broadway adaptation. Bergman’s next feature was The Seventh Seal. “Exquisite ... Boudoir farce becomes lyric poetry ... A nearly perfect work” (Pauline Kael). “Wonderfully funny, genuinely erotic, and quite superbly acted” (Tom Milne, Time Out).


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REVIEWS

"Charming ... A delightfully droll contemplation of amorous ardors."

New York Times | full review