Bergman 100: A Summer Interlude

June 1–July 15, 2018

Our yearlong celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s cinema continues this summer, showcasing films that launched his international reputation in the 1950s.

  • Wild Strawberries

  • Summer with Monika

  • Summer Interlude

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Upcoming Films

  • Wild Strawberries

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1957
    • Friday, June 1 7 PM
    • Wednesday, June 27 7 PM

    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).

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  • Port of Call

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1948
    • Thursday, July 5 7 PM

    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.

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  • Secrets of Women

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1952
    • Wednesday, July 11 7 PM

    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.

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  • Brink of Life

    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1958
    • Sunday, July 15 5 PM

    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.

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Past Films

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    • Saturday, June 23 6 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1955

    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).

  • Dreams

    • Sunday, June 17 5 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1955

    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.

  • The Magic Flute

    • Saturday, June 16 4:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1975

    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).

  • Summer with Monika

    • Thursday, June 14 7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1953

    Bergman naturalistically captures the sensuality and anguish of a youthful summer love affair in this acclaimed early work, which balances eroticism with bleak commentary.

  • Summer Interlude

    • Saturday, June 9 6 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1951

    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.

  • Ingmar Bergman at Work

    • Wednesday, June 6 7 PM

    Svenska Filminstitutet curator Jon Wengström shares films featuring Bergman as a director on set, offering insights into his working process and collaborations with actors.

    Illustrated Lecture by Jon Wengström

  • Wild Strawberries

    • Friday, June 1 7 PM
    • Wednesday, June 27 7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman
    Sweden, 1957

    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).