They are Anne (Ulla Jacobsson), the virginal second wife of arrogant lawyer Fredrik Egerman (Gunnar Björnstrand), whose son Henrik (Björn Bjelvenstam) is enraptured by his step-mother's beauty and purity; Desiree (Eva Dahlbeck), an actress and Fredrick's former mistress; Count Malcolm (Jarl Kulle), Desiree's present lover; and Charlotte (Margit Carlquist), Malcolm's wife.
The basic plot was adapted for the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music (1973) and by Bergman fan Woody Allen for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982).
Presented in association with Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende)
Seasons & Screenings
11 Jun + 19 Jun
This was Bergman's 16th film as director, and in it he demonstrated a lighter-than-usual touch, evoking the world of Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Schnitzler. The turn-of-the-century romantic comedy-drama establishes its characters in Stockholm before removing them to a country estate for a long summer night of intrigue and passion.