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Inspired by the earthy eroticism of his muse Harriet Andersson (Through a Glass Darkly), in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries) had a major international breakthrough with this ravaging, sensual tale of young love. In Stockholm, a girl (Andersson) and boy (The Magician's Lars Ekborg) from working-class families run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair is forced to return to reality. The version originally released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original Summer with Monika, as presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman's most important films.
There are interesting Special Features that accompany the main feature, especially the interview with Harriet Andersson, at age 80, and still sharp and with very clear memories of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stanley Crowe
In Ingmar Bergman's 1953 film SOMMAREN MED MONIKA (The Summer with Monika), young, idealistic Harry (Lars Ekborg) meets the freespirited Monika (Harriet Andersson). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher Culver
Not much to like. "Fun Summer with Monica and then Misery" would be a better title. The nude shots must have been erotic in the day, but the movie is about silly young... Read morePublished 4 months ago by William C. Ade Ttee
Was barely able to stay awake. wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Don't waste you time. The dialogue was boring, slow, and not much interacting.
Technically satisfactory. The blue ray version would not play in my region. Unmistakably IB, the acting perhaps a little gauche?Published 21 months ago by Dr. John E. Spivey
I think nobody wants to dislike this because it's Ingmar Bergman.
Monika is not complex or interesting or particularly sexy or even actually free-spirited: She's just a... Read more
Yes, I first saw this film 30 years ago with my love affair with the artist Bergman. Ingmar Bergman is the Film Artist illustrer par l'exemple. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Sean Elfyn Cairne