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Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career-isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past-the tenth film by Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal) was a gentle sway toward true mastery. In one of the director's great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson (To Joy) beguiles as Marie, an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Thirst's Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the rocky shores of Stockholm's outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. A film that the director considered a creative turning point, Summer Interlude is a reverie on life and death that bridges the gap between Bergman's past and future, theater and cinema.
One of Bergman's best. A must see for romantics who love films about lost love and that one time in your life you felt most vibrant and alive.
This is an early work by Bergmann. Incipiently it
shows and takes up many of the themes of his
later movies. It is a delight. A largely unknown delight.
Saw the film in 1960 and was first Bergman film I saw (and loved).
Had given up hope on ever seeing it again, but Criterion did a
superb job restoring it. Read more
They've been showing a huge number of Bergman films on Film4 on British TV. So, rather than buy a load of his movies, I have been taping them so I can watch them at my leisure, as... Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by T. S. C.
A strangely beautiful, sentimental movie, perhaps what one would call "maudlin". There are many premonitions of the masterpieces to follow notably "Wild... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Dr. John E. Spivey
This movie was made by Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest film makers in history. This was his tenth film and the first that showed the greatness to come. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Tony Marquise Jr.
Maybe it's because I first saw this film when I was 16 myself, but having seen it again every ten years over the last 40 years, I find the it holds up well. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Mr. Willett Richard