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Smiles of a Summer Night [DVD] [1900] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This romantic comedy, written and directed by Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, was inspired in part by Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and later became the basis for both the musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and Woody Allen's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY. The principal events take place at a turn-of-the-century manor house where Desire Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck), an actress, and her aging mother are giving a party. Two of the invited guests--Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle) and Fredrik Egerman (Gunnar Bjrnstrand), a middle-aged lawyer--are romantically involved with Desire, a cause for murderous jealousy between the two. Meanwhile, Egerman's youthful wife, Anne (Ulla Jacobsson), who has thus far repulsed all sexual advances on her husband's part, is showing a considerable interest in her stepson (Bjrn Bjelvenstam)...During the course of the evening, various alliances are formed and dissolved, partners are switched, and all the guests take part in the resulting erotic escapades and intrigue--but in the end, everyone finds their true love. This is lighter, airier fare from a director often associated with existential angst and despair; nevertheless, Bergman's spicy, sophisticated movie received rave reviews and earned him widespread critical acclaim.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SMI050

  • Credits
    Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Gunnar Bjrnstrand
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Bergman's] funniest work -- and also one of his best....A rare comedy. It plays with both the romping feelings of romance and the impossibility of idealized, perfect love with the ease of flirtation..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "The movie that put Ingmar Bergman on the map..."
    USA Today

    "SMILES is clearly the work of a master -- observant, complex, and richly entertaining."

    "[A]n internationally revered delight about dueling love affairs at a summer estate."
    USA Today

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