Film Series : Bergman 100

Summer Interlude

Sommarlek / aka Illicit Interlude

1951, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 96 min. With Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jul 7th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Jul 9th 6:00pm

"SUMMER INTERLUDE marked the end of [Bergman's] cinema apprenticeship. It was his first fully realised film - one for which none of his habitual apologies were necessary. At last, he was fully confident in the medium." - Geoffrey Macnab, Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Director

In a famous 1958 appreciation of Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard called him "the last great romantic." Godard was referring primarily to the lyrical idylls of young love that pepper Bergman's early career, sometimes as episodes (as in TO JOY, SECRETS OF WOMEN, and WILD STRAWBERRIES), sometimes as the bulk of the film, of which SUMMER INTERLUDE is the prime example. Marie (Nilsson), a 28-year-old ballerina who is beginning to age out of her profession, receives a diary that causes her to revisit the now-wintry island where, thirteen years earlier, she had engaged in an all-too-fleeting summer romance with a love-struck local boy (Malmsten). Bergman's camera is clearly enraptured by Nilsson, an early, nearly forgotten entry in the long line of vibrant actresses who would grace his films. In Swedish with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration of the original version that was censored for the film's original U.S. release. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Ingmar Bergman film on any applicable Saturday in July, August, or September, and get a ticket for the second Bergman film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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