Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 Criterion Collection
Smiles of a Summer Night is one of the all-time great romantic comedies.
In a turn-of-the-century Swedish small town, middle-aged attorney Fredrik Egerman (Gunnar Bjornstrand) is married to a 19-year-old woman, Anne (Ulla Jacobsson). Also living with the couple is Fredrik’s son Henrik (Bjorn Bjelfvenstam) who is the direct opposite of his father – a very earnest young man, studying to become a priest, Henrik has no experience with women... but certainly desires them, as Petra (Harriet Andersson), a lustful household maid discovers. At the same time, Anne can’t help feeling attracted to Henrik – and envious of a much-admired stage actress called Desiree Armfeldt (Eva Dahlbeck) whom Fredrik once had a passionate affair with. Desiree has suddenly reemerged in his life... but as Fredrik soon learns things change over the years. Not only does Desiree have a small child, but also a lover who is not easily dismissed.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:49:24 | 36.2 Gb + 7.53 Gb
Language: Svenska
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Country: Sweden


Ingmar Bergman Introduction - a short introduction to the film by the legendary Swedish director, which was recorded in his theater on Faro Island. The program was produced for SVT Svensk Television in the summer of 2003. In Swedish, with optional English subtitles. (4 min, 1080i).

Peter Cowie and Jorn Donner - film historian Peter Cowie and writer Jorn Donner discuss Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman's breakthrough film, as well as the Swedish director's legacy. The conversation was recorded for Criterion in 2003 in Stockholm. In English, with optional English subtitles. (17 min, 1080i).

Swedish Trailer - the original Swedish theatrical trailer for Smiles of a Summer Night. In Swedish, with optional English subtitles. (2 min, 1080i).