Bergman Film

smilessummernightSaw Ingmar Bergman’s so-called romantic comedy (complete with Russian roulette, suicide, a wooden image of Death, and adultery), Sommarnattens leende (Smiles of a Summer Night, 1955), last night. It won the best poetic humour award at Cannes in 1956! The film is rife with excellent depictions of jealousy, envy, rivalry, dishonesty, denial, and the nuances of human nature, which are understood clearly only by the actress of a certain age and “easy virtue,” Eva Dahlbeck playing Desiree Armfeldt, and her perceptive and permissive mother, Naima Wifstrand (1890-1968) playing the elderly Mrs. Armfeldt, who, IMO, is the locus of both the comedy and the philosophical viewpoint of the film.

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