Smiles of a Summer Night
+ intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large
Bergman’s sparkling comedy of marital manners takes place over an illuminating country-house weekend.
Dir Ingmar Bergman
With Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand
Bergman’s first major hit found him in a light-hearted mood, creating a scintillating comedy of marital manners as several couples, ex-lovers and would-be lovers gather at a country house in the summer of 1900. Dissecting the characters’ various deceits and delusions with mischievous glee, he revels in the theatricality of their intrigue; the pleasingly ironic performances are pitched with seemingly effortless precision.
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