Smiles Of A Summer Night: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1955) / Region 1
Smiles Of A Summer Night: The Criterion Collection

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Smiles Of A Summer Night: The Criterion Collection

With a group of mismatched lovers as his collective muse, director Ingmar Bergman reaches back to turn-of-the-century Sweden's bourgeois society to deliver a full-fledged comedy. One summer evening, distinguished lawyer Fredrik Egerman brings his young wife to see a play starring his former lover Desiree. With her glamorous stage entrance and inviting smile for Fredrik, she sparks a game of love and loyalty that barely masks the deepest insecurities and ultimate desires of everyone involved. Through witty dialogue, theatrical direction, and an ensemble cast including Harriet Andersson, Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, and Gunnar Bjornstrand, Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende~~) captured the 1956 Grand Prix for Best Comedy at the Cannes Film Festival, marking Bergman's breakthrough success internationally.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 03 2004
  • Production Year 1955
  • Empire SKU 591575
  • UPC Code 037429193921
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Video introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman
New video conversation with film historian Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner (executive producer, Fanny and Alexander)
New piece by renowned theater and film critic John Simon, author of Ingmar Bergman Directs
Swedish theatrical trailer
Essay by film critic Pauline Kael


  • Audio
    Swedish Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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