in about 100 words or less
Sweden 108m, B&W
Director: Ingmar Bergman; Cast: Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlqvist, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson
Remade as A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982), Smiles of a Summer Night is a wonderfully funny comedy about love, lust and humiliation. Set at the turn of the 20th century, this theatrical-like production involves a small group of husbands, wives, and former lovers who find themselves working out their tangled relationships on a midsummer’s night in a country estate. Though about as far removed from The Seventh Seal (1957) as could be, Bergman’s interest in life, love and death are apparent in this tongue-in-cheek comedy (Klaus Ming December 2015).