Smiles of a Summer Night
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

In this drama, directed by Ingmar Bergman, four people indulge in a sexual smorgasbord during a wild weekend at a resort. The story is set in the early 1900s and the characters are a man, his ex-lover, his uncaring wife, and a jealous… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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?

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Smiles of a Summer Night is as delightful a romantic roundelay as has ever been made in world cinema; even the title is wonderful.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

It's good enough, I suppose, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Fernando F. Croce

An impeccable choreography of vows broken, shuffled and reaffirmed

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's some magic it has in the shimmering summer tone it sets.

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Jurgen Fauth

Lusty comedy of manners plays like a lighter Rules of the Game.

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Eric Melin

Bergman's classic sparkles with wit and innuendo in a way that most modern romantic comedies can't even come close to.

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TV Guide

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As a maker of romantic comedies, Bergman proves himself the equal of Ernst Lubitsch in his heyday at Paramount in the early 1930s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Moliere with a little existential angst. Nice. Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007 Trivia: Source for Sondheim's A Little Night Music
Cassandra Maples
Charming, light-hearted, delicate, and romantic are not the terms most people think to use when describing Bergman films, and yet "Smiles of a Summer… More
danny d
i love bergman, but my one criticism of his work would be that it's too seldom cheerful. this film stands tall on being admirably cheerful for a work of… More
Cindy I
This is a rare bird -- a comedy by Ingmar Bergman. It's a mild sex comedy of manners, with several members of the aristocracy having affairs with some of… More
Kevin M. Williams
Sweden doesn't see a lot of summer, warm weather, and when it finally arrives ... well, blood races, and so the basis of Bergman's surprising (well,… More
Alec Barniskis
It's charming and a lot more insightful than it's plot suggests. Proof that Bergman should have made more romantic comedies.