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Smiles of a Summer Night(Sommarnattens leende)

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Sweden · 1955
1h 49m
Director Ingmar Bergman
Starring Gunnar Björnstrand, Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson
Genre Comedy, Romance

A lawyer and his new young wife have still not consummated their marriage, while his son finds himself growing increasingly attracted to his new stepmother. When the lawyer's ex makes a public bet that she can seduce him at a romantic weekend retreat, the four couples who gather there find themselves unexpectedly swapping partners.

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New York Times by Bosley Crowther

Who would have thought that august Sweden would be sending us a film comedy as witty and cheerfully candid about the complexities of love as any recent French essay on l'amour?


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Pauline Kael called this a nearly perfect film. Having not seen it for most of a lifetime, I was startled by how quickly it beguiled me. There is an abundance of passion here, but none of it reckless; the characters consider the moral weight of their actions, and while not reluctant to misbehave, feel a need to explain, if only to themselves. Perhaps here, in an uncharacteristic comedy, Bergman is expressing the same need.

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