Summer With Monika – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1953) *NEW*

Summer With Monika – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1953) *NEW*


Inspired by the earthy eroticism of his muse Harriet Andersson (Through a Glass Darkly), in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries) had a major international breakthrough with this ravaging, sensual tale of young love. In Stockholm, a girl (Andersson) and boy (The Magician’s Lars Ekborg) from working-class families run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair is forced to return to reality. The version originally released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original Summer with Monika, as presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.

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Disillusioned young city-dweller Harry (Lars Ekborg) is frustrated with his societal responsibilities and his menial job, but when he meets sultry beauty Monika (Harriet Andersson), and she takes an interest in him, life takes on new meaning. Inflamed with passion, the lovers steal Harry's father's boat and give up their banal city life for an erotic summer spent on an island. There, Monika teaches Harry to give up his inhibitions, and all is good -- until Monika's true nature is revealed.

Sommaren med Monika
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Original Swedish film poster
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Allan Ekelund
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Per Anders Fogelström (book)
Starring Harriet Andersson
Lars Ekborg
Music by Erik Nordgren
Les Baxter
Release date
  • 9 February 1953


  • 1 September 1955


Running time
96 min
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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