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Smiles of a Summer Night (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

The Criterion Collection

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Editorial Reviews

After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries). In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women of different classes attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand (The Seventh Seal, Winter Light) and Harriet Andersson (Through a Glass Darkly, Cries and Whispers), Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.


Special features

Digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Video introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman

Video conversation between Bergman scholar Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner, executive producer of Fanny and Alexander

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by theater and film critic John Simon and a 1961 review by film critic Pauline Kael


Product details

  • Actors: Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlquist, Gunnar Bjornstrand
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004NWPY3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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