Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 20: Thu Jan 20

Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman, 1955): BFI Southbank, Studio, 8.50pm

This film, part of the Big Screen Classics (highlighting 'The Flms in Truffaut's Life') season, is also being screened on January 9th and 25th (NFT1), Full details here.

Time Out review:
Ingmar Bergman's first major success, inspiration for both Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, this enchanting comedy of manners assembles a team of couples, ex-couples and would-be couples, and puts them through their paces in a game of love at a country house party during one heady midsummer weekend in 1900. Ruthless towards its characters' amorous pretensions, but extending a kind of ironic tenderness when they get hoist with their own petards, it is a wonderfully funny, genuinely erotic, and quite superbly acted rondo of love. Dig too deeply and it disintegrates, but its facade - decked out in elegant turn-of-the-century settings and costumes - has a magical, shimmering beauty.
Tom Milne

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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