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|SUMMER INTERLUDE (SOMMARLEK) (ILLICIT INTERLUDE) (director/writer: Ingmar Bergman; screenwriter: Herbert Grevenius; cinematographer: Gunner Fischer; editor: Oscar Rosander; music: Erik Nordgren; cast: Maj-Britt Nilsson (Marie), Birger Malmsten (Henrik), Alf Kjellin (David Nyström), Annalisa Ericson (Kaj, ballet dancer), Georg Funkquist (Uncle Erland), Stig Olin (Ballet Master), Mimi Pollak (Mrs. Calwagen, Henrik's aunt), Renée Björling (Aunt Elisabeth), Gunnar Olsson (Pastor); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Allan Ekelund; Home Vision Cinema; 1951-Sweden-in Swedish with English subtitles)|
out as Bergman's Red Shoes, that's gracefully done as a French romantic
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
This ninth film of Ingmar Bergman ("Wild
Sonata") is considered
to be his first personal film and
one of his early films he still admires. It's cowritten with Herbert Grevenius and Bergman. It plays out
as Bergman's Red Shoes, that's gracefully done as a French romantic drama.
Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson) is a temperamental 28-year-old single
prima ballerina in Stockholm, worried about aging and what she would do
when her career is over. During a dress rehearsal of
Lake," Marie mysteriously receives a diary she kept as a
teenager. It tells of her summer affair with her now-dead teenage lover
her hometown archipelago near Stockholm. The sensitive and jealous Henrik
was an idler college student about to inherit a fortune from his dying
aunt (Mimi Pollak), whom he was a ward to; while Marie was
serious about studying ballet.
While Marie is reading the
diary, the film slips into three long flashbacks of that one romantic
summer the lovers spent together and how her first love Henrik died at
summer's end in a diving accident. After his death Marie became
embittered and built a wall around herself and put all her efforts into
her ballet career. She now ponders the mistakes in her life despite her
highly successful career, and suddenly becomes more giving to her
current pushy reporter suitor (Alf
It's a minor Bergman,
his first mature one. It lacks depth, but is playful in spots, the
music is elegant and the moody piece captures the snares of dwelling so
much in the past. The scenes when the teens are in love are fresh, the
idyllic summer of games is lyrically captured by the future great
director and the scene where the dancer returns to her hometown island
after reading the diary and confronting her ghoulish and lecherous elderly Uncle Erland (Georg Funkquist) are priceless.
To give it an authentic look, the cast was drawn from the Stockholm Royal ballet.
REVIEWED ON 6/10/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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