Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Ingmar Bergman

‘I am tired of people. But that doesn’t stop me from loving them’. – Smiles of a Summer Night

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smilesLast night I saw this gorgeous movie called Smiles of a Summer Night.  This Ingmar Bergman period piece comedy runs rampant with extremely clever and witty dialogue. It’s so unashamedly cheeky! On the surface, it’s seemingly a light-hearted humorous romp but it eventually seeps into very dark places and with surprising potency. We laugh at the histrionics of it, but Bergman keeps us ever present of the dark nature residing within ourselves.

The film’s plot—which involves switching partners on a summer night—has been adapted many times, arguably most notably as Woody Allen’s film A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982).

I adore how Bergman delves so delicately into the emotional intelligence and sexuality of women in this movie. Men, as a gender, do not come off well in Bergman’s charming sex comedy. The women on the other hand are stronger, more self-reflective, capable of pandering to the male ego and…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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13 comments on “Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Ingmar Bergman
  1. badfinger20 says:

    Never saw this one before… another one I have to line up.

    • The writing and performances in this movie are just wonderful. Have you seen any Ingmar Bergman movies? Oh by the way I downloaded ‘Sleeper’, but I’ll probably get round to watching it tomorrow as I have been too busy today.

      • badfinger20 says:

        No I haven’t and I don’t know why…I have not seen Casablanca if you can believe that. We have it on our list but just havent got to it.

        I just hope you don’t think Sleeper is too silly… you might. My son liked it but he liked the more serious Allen movies more…but I like the gags.

      • Oh my God! No Casablanca..You are in for a treat when you see that! Geez Louise. Haha.
        I’m looking forward to watching a less serious Allen movie to see if I think his humour works with that style. I’m still in shock about Casablanca. Another Bogart movie which I thought was just brilliant is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’. If you like Adventure movies then look no further.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I know it’s crazy isn’t it? I’ve seen the rare silent movies and off the wall movies but I haven’t see that. I’m going to watch it. I should be ashamed lol. I hardly watch new movies because I love the classics…just never in the right place at the right time I guess.
        I will check out The Treasure of the Sierra Madre…

        I like Allen’s subtle quick little replies that you have to pay attention to…

      • I know what you mean. There are bound to be some big time classics that I am still yet to watch. Yes, I find you have to pay close attention to Woody.
        Same… I also spend most of time watching older movies. The only movies that interest me these days are mainly independent, arthouse or foreign movies. I don’t mean that to sound like a snob, but the big blockbuster and mainstream movies don’t really do it for me. Thankfully, I have an independent cinema close to me which shows the kinds of movies I like. I’m going to go and watch ‘Cold War’ (Poland) in the next couple of days.

      • badfinger20 says:

        It is alright to be a movie snob…nothing wrong with that. I like indie movies. Today’s blockbusters love CGI a little too much and ignore the story. I like Indie movies…

        I’ve also seen some good B Movies…

        We have an Indie cinema that also shows older movies. We saw Superfly a few months ago.

      • I couldn’t agree more with your critique about blockbusters. Super fly, I will have to look it up. The name rings a bell.

      • badfinger20 says:

        It’s a blaxploitation B movie from around 72…Quentin Tarantino was influenced by it… It has some bad acting and some real police playing police… I personally think he got the ending of Jackie Brown out of it.

      • Jackie Brown is probably my favourite Tarantino film. Sounds like a niche movie indeed!

      • badfinger20 says:

        Sometimes you can find gold in b movies… I guess he did

  2. Tina S. says:

    This has a very interesting plot. I hope to find this one soon. Bookmarking your post. ❤

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