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This edition: Smiles of a Summer Night

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Episode Details

(1955/Sweden, 108 min., b&w, romantic comedy, in Swedish with English subtitles) Dir.: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Gunnar Björnstrand, Harriet Andersson, Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies. Distributor: Janus Films. Discussion guest: John Simon, critic.

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John Simon Critic