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Smiles of a Summer Night Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gunnar Bjornstrand, Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson

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Viewers who think Swedish director Ingmar Bergman is only dour and depressing need to see this light-hearted, sophisticated, romantic comedy -- the thinking person's sex comedy. In a small town at the turn of the 20th century, lawyer Fredrik Egerman (Bjornstrand) lives with his ingenue second wife Anne (Jacobsson) and his grownup son from a previous marriage. Anne remains a virgin at 19, though the Egermans have been married two years already. At the theater, Fredrik runs into his former mistress, Desiree (Dahlbeck). He falls in a puddle outside and goes to her place to clean up. Her current lover, Count Malcolm, shows up and discovers Egerman in his nightshirt, and throws him out. Anne flirts with her stepson, who is very confused. In all, there are four couples in the movie, who represent different aspects of love. The characters are more at odds with themselves than one another. This 1955 movie, a cross between French farce and Shakespeare comedy, inspired Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" and Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy." My favorite line comes from Desiree's elderly mother: "One can never prevent those one loves from making the mistakes they have to; and that's what makes one so TIRED!"
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Scandinavian

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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