Smiles Of A Summer Night
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Bergman's comic masterpiece opens with middle-aged lawyer Frederik Egerman (Gunnar Bjornstrand) again failing to consummate his marriage with the much younger Anne (Ulla Jacobsson). While visiting a former lover, actress Desiree Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck), he crosses swords with her current lover, Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle), after both men learn that Frederik is the father of her illegitimate child. At Desiree's behest, her mother invites Egerman, the Count, and their wives along with Egerman's grown son, Henrik (Björn Bjelvenstam) to her manor house for the weekend. Before their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Who would have thought that august Sweden would be sending us a film comedy as witty and cheerfully candid about the complexities of love as any recent French essay on l'amour?"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Smiles of a Summer Night is as delightful a romantic roundelay as has ever been made in world cinema; even the title is wonderful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's good enough, I suppose, but I wouldn't recommend it."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Bergman was a master to have crafted all of this material together so that it was entertaining."
‑ Rachel Gordon,
"An impeccable choreography of vows broken, shuffled and reaffirmed"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There's some magic it has in the shimmering summer tone it sets."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lusty comedy of manners plays like a lighter Rules of the Game."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Bergman's classic sparkles with wit and innuendo in a way that most modern romantic comedies can't even come close to."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Though Bergman's staging of the affair occasionally suggests a proscenium is just beyond the frame, the ensemble brings joyful veracity to the romantic complications and well-drawn characters."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As a maker of romantic comedies, Bergman proves himself the equal of Ernst Lubitsch in his heyday at Paramount in the early 1930s."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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