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Interpreting Film Masterpieces / Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) & Persona Ingmar Bergman (1966)

  • WHITNEY HUMANITIES CENTER 53 Wall Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. 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.

—Criterian

Earlier Event: December 6
Winter Acoustic Tour: Brandi Carlile
Later Event: December 7
Student Ensembles: Bassoonarama