Maj-Britt Nilsson
Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Maj-Britt Nilsson
Maj-Britt Nilsson
, Alf Kjellin
Alf Kjellin
, Birger Malmsten
Birger Malmsten
Ingmar Bergman

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In this melancholy romance, a not-so-young ballerina recalls an earlier, tragic love affair. The heroine, Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson), spends a summer with her possessive Uncle Erland (Georg Funkquist), who lives with his cancerous wife on an island near Stockholm. While staying with her uncle, who may have intimidated her into a sexual relationship, Marie befriends an innocent youth, Henrik (Birger Malmsten), with whom she soon falls in love. As the glorious summer comes to an end and autumn approaches, harkening Marie's return to the mainland and her dancing career, the lovers express their love to each other. But a fatal swimming mishap brings an end to the affair. Marie continues with her life, but she fails to come to terms with the tragic past. Later, Marie receives the diary that she kept during that memorable summer. She thereupon returns to the island, where she again meets her ghoulish Uncle Erland. Repulsed by his cynicism, Marie determines to recover her joy of living. She returns to Stockholm and shares the diary with her lover, a smarmy journalist (Alf Kjellin). In the concluding scene, she expresses her regained exuberance while dancing. A pivotal film in Ingmar Bergman's oeuvre, Sommarlek marked his maturation as a master filmmaker capable of evocative imagery and poignant expression. Of particular note are the unsettling scenes between Marie and her ominous uncle, framed and lit to emphasize the disturbing nature of their relationship. Maj-Britt Nilsson's performance as Marie is also remarkable, enhanced by Bergman's increasing mastery of the close-up. The splendid achievement of Sommarlek signalled a long succession of masterworks that ensued until Bergman's withdrawal from filmmaking in the 1980s.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
UPC: 0715515095716
Original Release: 1950
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 20,258

Special Features

A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Cowie

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maj-Britt Nilsson Marie
Alf Kjellin David Nystrom
Birger Malmsten Henrik
Annalisa Ericson Kaj, a ballerina
Georg Funkquist Uncle Erland
Renée Björling Aunt Elisabeth
Mimi Pollak Short lady
Stig Olin Ballet Master
John Botvid Karl, a janitor
Douglas Håge Nisse, a janitor
May Britt Actor
Marianne Schuler Kerstin
Ernst Brunman The Captain
Julia Caesar Maja, a dresser
Carl-Axel Elfving Flower boy
Torsten Lilliecrona Ljus-Pelle
Gunnar Olsson The Priest
Olaf Riego The Doctor
Carl Stroem Sandell

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Screenwriter
E. Eckert-Lundin Score Composer
Allan Ekelund Producer
Gunnar Fischer Cinematographer
Herbert Grevenius Screenwriter
Bengt Jammark Cinematographer
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
Oscar Rosander Editor
Nils Svenwall Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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