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