Sunday, January 24, 2016

Great Film Series: SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT

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 Bj√∂rnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.


The film was the inspiration for the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, A Little Night Music.

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