Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude)
Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude) (1951)

In this melancholy romance, a not-so-young ballerina recalls an earlier, tragic love affair. The heroine, Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson), spends a summer with her possessive Uncle Erland (Georg Funkquist), who lives with his cancerous wife on an… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 1, 1951
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2014
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The sense of fate that descends over the drama is very much Bergman's own -- cruel, distant, ultimately imponderable.

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central

Its dark power derives from the tension between the adult woman at the movie's centre and the girl this woman remembers being.

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TV Guide

One of Bergman's favorites among his own films, this movie features a complex episodic structure and makes fine use of lighting to create an effective ambience for the flashback sequences.

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Sean Axmaker

...a breakthrough for Bergman: his first film built around a strong, assertive, sure woman and the first shot extensively on location, where the natural world becomes a defining reflection of the lives of his characters.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

In hindsight, Summer Interlude looks and feels like a number of Bergman's subsequent (and arguably greater) films, but at the time, it must have seemed like something entirely new.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Bergman's trademarked brooding is tinged with a surprising hopefulness. Even if love can't last, there is still art, and that's not a bad consolation prize.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It plays out as Bergman's Red Shoes, that's gracefully done as a French romantic drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this film really seemed like a turning point for bergman. the film has a few of the signature bergman moments of stunning dialogue, although for the first time… More
Chris Browning
Criterion have released another top notch transfer of a Bergman film that is beautiful to see on blu-ray! The film is classic Bergman, full of utterly… More
Cassandra Maples
Among outstanding film directors there are those who crash in with debut features that show something of the full extent of their talent (Satyajit Ray with… More
Emily B.
Probably Bergman's first masterpiece, although I've yet to see any of his earlier works. Very similar to Summer With Monika as they basically have the… More
Luke Baldock
Brilliant Bergman that contains many themes and techniques he would use to greater effect in later films.