Summer with Monika
Smiles of a Summer Night
In a maternity ward, three women await the blessed event with mixed attitudes, and fates. This film won awards at Cannes for Bergman and for his wonderful ensemble of actresses: Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck, and Bibi Andersson.
Scenes from several marriages emerge when five women gather to await the arrival of their respective husbands at an island summer house in this essential early Bergman work.
This naturalistic city film about a young working-class girl presents the closest thing to overt social critique in Bergman’s oeuvre. An early collaboration with Gunnar Fischer, the great cinematographer who would work with Bergman throughout the 1950s.
The film that cemented Bergman’s international reputation deftly interweaves memory, reality, and dream. As an elderly professor recollecting his life’s failures, “Victor Sjöström gives one of the greatest performances of cinema” (National Film Theatre, London).
Couples meet, split, and reconverge at a country house in the summer of 1900 in Bergman’s carnal comedy. “A tragic-comic chase and roundelay [carried] into elegance and lyric poetry” (Pauline Kael).
A fashion director (Eva Dahlbeck) and her top model (Harriet Andersson) grapple with relationships old and new in Bergman’s film that explores love as a function of reflection and projection.
This witty, loving adaptation of Mozart’s exuberant opera revels in its own theatricality, revealing the joy and wonder in Bergman’s metaphysics. “A blissful present, sensuous, luxuriant” (New Yorker).
Bergman naturalistically captures the sensuality and anguish of a youthful summer love affair in this acclaimed early work, which balances eroticism with bleak commentary.
A prima ballerina impulsively revisits the island of her youth and, in flashbacks, her first and only love. Bergman’s breakthrough film is a magical fusion of sunstruck elegiac love poem and dark suggestion.
Svenska Filminstitutet curator Jon Wengström shares films featuring Bergman as a director on set, offering insights into his working process and collaborations with actors.