- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 29, 2012
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: A booklet feautring an essay by film scholar Peter Crowie
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2004
"[T]he craftsmanship, performances and biting observations stop it from teetering into bathos."
A sensitive, lyrical offering from Ingmar Bergman, SUMMER INTERLUDE deals with the innocence of first love and the transition from youth to adulthood, two of the director-screenwriter's favorite themes, and ones that he would revisit in later works. When Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson), a prima ballerina, receives an old lover's diary after his death in a tragic accident, she begins to reminisce about the happy summer she spent with Henrik (Birger Malmsten), her first love, on an island near Stockholm. A flashback shows the young couple in a playful, carefree light, full of energy and grace. Since parting from Henrik, Maria has emerged as a sucessful dancer with many admirers and a new suitor, the journalist David Nystrom (Alf Kjellin). But she is dissatisfied with her present life and unable to forget the ardent love she experienced that one fateful summer long ago. Serious and bittersweet, this is a simple story told by a master filmmaker. The ballet company of the Stockholm Royal Opera can be seen performing excerpts from SWAN LAKE.
Renowned director Ingmar Bergman presents the story of a young girl's first romance. Marie is a successful ballet dancer in Stockholm, but something is missing in her life. A recovered diary transports her back to a more innocent time, as she recalls one glorious summer of her youth spent with her first lover on an idyllic island. This eloquent film introduces various stylistic devices that would be further developed later in Bergman's career. It also includes ballet sequences featuring the ballet company of the Royal Opera in Stockholm.
Love Story |
- Theatrical Release: October 1, 1951 (Sweden); October 26, 1954 (USA)
- Filmed on location at Dalarö-Rosenön, Saltsjöbaden, and Sandemar (on the Stockholm archipelago), and at Råsunda Studios.
- SUMMER INTERLUDE was based on Bergman's short story "Marie."
- Jean-Luc Godard said of this film: "[Bergman's] most beautiful film. I love SUMMER INTERLUDE."