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Summer Interlude (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1951)

Maj-Britt Nilsson , Birger Malmsten , Ingmar Bergman  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A9EGB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Cowie

  • Editorial Reviews

    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.

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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic love story, told in flashback January 24, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Made early in Bergman's film career, this is a simple, almost fable-like tale of a summer romance between two young lovers, as remembered by the woman, now an unsatisfied adult, who returns to the island where she passed one happy summer. The film beautifully evokes the giddiness of young love, the tragedy of unfulfilled promise, and the healing powers of time.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Playable by laptop, if not by TV September 6, 2006
    By byrner
    "Summer Interlude" is an often overlooked pearl from Bergman's film catalog. It's not as famous or as experimental as his other releases from this period, such as "Sawdust and Tinsel." Nevertheless it's quite good and I hold it in high regard. It fits in among the romantic-themed films he made from time to time--a close twin to "Summer with Monika," which he made a couple years later. Both share the theme of young adults navigating the pleasures and dangers of falling in love over the course of a single summer. Monika is a classic, in part because of Harriet Anderson's notoriety, but "Summer Interlude" is a sweeter film and the characters more likable. The protagonist played by Maj-Britt Nilsson, is both beautiful and admirable without the seedier bohemian carnality of Harriet Anderson's Monika. I know a lot of Bergman fans like "Summer with Monika" and both films are worth seeing, but to me "Summer Interlude" is the stronger film.

    Regarding this DVD version: Tartan has released several Bergman films on DVD that aren't otherwise available in the US. They're in PAL format, which may discourage American fans since they probably aren't playable on the typical television DVD player. But I've had success playing them on my computer's DVD player. For some reason computers are more flexible about formats. If you don't mind watching a film on your laptop, you may be able to view this and the other Bergman films Tartan has released.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is one of the world's most accomplished and influential directors of all time.

    Known for a plethora of films in his oeuvre such as "The Seventh Seal", "Wild Strawberries", "Fanny and Alexander", to name a few. Bergman is best known for films that dealt with existential questions of mortality, loneliness and religious faith. Many of the films, especially the characters are an expression of how Bergman felt at the time.

    And many of his stylistic and conceptual themes were formed in his earlier work, especially stories that were set in summer. "Smiles of a Summer Night", "Summer with Monika", "Wild Strawberries", etc.

    But one film that resonated strongly with Bergman was an earlier film from 1951 titled "Summer Interlude". Bergman wrote in his book "Bergman on Bergman", "For me Summer Interlude is one of my most important films. Even though to an outsider it may seem terribly passé, for me it isn't. This was my first film in which I felt I was functioning independently, with a style of my own, making a film all my own, with a particular appearance of its own, which no one could ape. It was like no other film. It was all my own work. Suddenly I knew I was putting the camera on the right spot, getting the right results; that everything added up. For sentimental reasons, too, it was also fun making it."

    And for the many cineaste who have followed Bergman's work, many credit "Summer Interlude" as his "breathrough" film and featuring a style that would later be fully expanded in later films.


    "Summer Interlude" is presented in 1080p High Definition black and white (1:37:1 aspect ratio). The video quality looks amazing considering that the film is 60-years-old.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Touching, simple story of how a young girl's summer romance with a
    sweet, modest young man, changes a her adult life as a ballet dancer

    Told in flashback, beautifully shot, and mostly well (if not quite
    brilliantly) acted, this lovely film could have been even stronger if
    the two leads both didn't look and feel much too old for their roles,
    making their naiveté and innocence feel a bit forced.

    But there's much that's moving and insightful here about youthful
    idealism versus life's hard realities.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    these are terrific Criterion releases timed to our seasonal climatic. spot on. Bergman was building a film machine that would ultimately place him in the top 5 all time worldwide best directors (or ten if you are stateside fanatics). these are great examples that capture the uncluttered beauty of that country in the early 1950's just before mass production became a disease taking root and hold everywhere. while also revealing the youthful, rebelliousness, restless angst that subtly connected the first generation to come of age after WW II, manifesting subliminally and unspoken. I always preferred his black and white films over his color stock productions.

    Bergman was a serious womanizer which is hinted at in a Summer With Monika featurette that would never be satiated in his lifetime regardless the chase and conquer. these films hint at the greatness bubbling under his surface and go beyond art house as far as substance and sustenance quantify. if I love them, you'll probably like them. be more, try them. go way beyond today's digital so "30 seconds ago" when timeless moments could happen, leaving you in awe and breathless. unconcerned with whom knew what, when, or if ever.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bergman's best film about love
    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.

    Published 11 months ago by MonsterMan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to Genius
    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.
    Published 14 months ago by Frank Braio
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT RESTORATION!
    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
    Published 15 months ago by william guild
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, and accessible Bergman film!
    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 more
    Published 16 months ago by T. S. C.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
    A strangely beautiful, sentimental movie, perhaps what one would call "maudlin". There are many premonitions of the masterpieces to follow notably "Wild... Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Dr. John E. Spivey
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Almost Great Movie
    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 more
    Published 21 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of His Greatest
    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 more
    Published on August 28, 2012 by Mr. Willett Richard
    5.0 out of 5 stars To me this is the jumping off point of Bergman's illustrious career~
    (Review based on the Criterion release on DVD - checked out from local library with included booklet and original case)

    I have been a Bergman fan for years. Read more
    Published on July 26, 2012 by Christopher Barrett
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bergman on His Way
    This film is best watched in the context of Bergman's later work. Many themes and motifs Bergman was to develop more fully later are present here. Read more
    Published on June 8, 2012 by Faulkner & Joyce Fan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Innocence, experience, and rueful reflection
    As previous reviewers have noted, this earlier Bergman film may not be as famous & acclaimed as his later masterpieces, but it certainly deserves to be better known. Read more
    Published on June 2, 2012 by William Timothy Lukeman
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