Smiles of a Summer Night

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The inspiration for Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy and Steven Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Bergman’s Smiles is a nostalgic jab at upper-class sexual repression and marital dysfunction set at the end of the 1800s at country estate, eight men and women—invited for a summer weekend—embark on frenzied rounds of sexual intrigue and deception as they variously pair off, break up, and exchange partners. Inspired by Mozart, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Renoir’s Rules of the Game, Bergman’s light-hearted but sophisticated boudoir farce, featuring such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, remains one of cinema’s great erotic comedies.

(Sweden / 1955 / Directed by Ingmar Bergman)
Unrated / 1 hr 43 mins.

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