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Smiles of a Summer Night

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Original title
Sommarnattens leende
Running time
109 min.
Sweden Sweden
Ingmar Bergman
Erik Nordgren
Gunnar Fischer (B&W)
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Svensk Filmindustri
Comedy. Romance | 1900s. Small Town Life (Non-North American). Costume Drama. Jealousy. Ensemble Film. Romantic Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
Distinguished lawyer Frederik Egerman lives with Anne, his picturesque, young wife, his son Henrik, a forlorn student of the cloth, and Petra, the flirtatious yet sensible maid. One summer evening Frederik takes Anne to see a play starring his former lover Desirée, the veteran actress with an equally seasoned reputation. With her glamorous stage entrance and one inviting smile, she sparks the lives of the parties involved into a game of love and loyalty that barely masks each player's percolating insecurities. Through witty dialogue, theatrical direction, and an ensemble cast, director Ingmar Bergman delivers a raw exhibition of human desire.
1955: Cannes Film Festival: Best Poetic Humor, Official Selection
1956: BAFTA Awards: 3 Nominations, including Best Film
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