This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee, Trevor Berrett, and Arik Devens to discuss Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night.
About the film:
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. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women 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 and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.
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Watch a scene from the film:
- Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) – The Criterion Collection
- Smiles of a Summer Night: Midsummer Merry-Go-Round – From the Current – The Criterion Collection
- Smiles of a Summer Night, by Pauline Kael – From the Current – The Criterion Collection
- Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) – IMDb
- Smiles of a Summer Night – Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
- Smiles of a Summer Night | Ingmar Bergman
- Smiles of a Summer Night Movie Review (1955) | Roger Ebert
- Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) – #237 | Criterion Reflections
- TASCHEN Books: The Ingmar Bergman Archives
- Ingmar Bergman: An Artist’s Journey
- Scott Nye (Twitter / Battleship Pretension)
- David Blakeslee (Twitter / Criterion Reflections)
- Trevor Berrett (Twitter / The Mookse and the Gripes)
- Arik Devens (Twitter / Cinema Gadfly)
Music from this episode is by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John and Robbie Williams.