Summer Interlude – Criterion [DVD] (1951) *NEW*

Summer Interlude – Criterion [DVD] (1951) *NEW*

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Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career-isolation, performance, the inability to escape the past-the tenth film by Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal) was a gentle sway toward true mastery. In one of the director’s great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson (To Joy) beguiles as Marie, an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Thirst’s Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. A film that the director considered a creative turning point, Summer Interlude is a reverie on life and death that bridges the gap between Bergman’s past and future, theater and cinema.

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Ballerina Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson), spending the summer with her unsettling Uncle Erland (Georg Funkquist) at his quiet island home near Stockholm, meets the kindhearted Henrik (Birger Malmsten) and falls into a carefree summer romance with him that ends suddenly and tragically. Years later, after rediscovering her old diary from that fateful summer, melancholy Marie returns to her uncle's home in an attempt to quiet the demons that have haunted her ever since.

Summer Interlude
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Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Allan Ekelund
Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman
Herbert Grevenius
Based on "Mari" by Ingmar Bergman
Starring Maj-Britt Nilsson
Birger Malmsten
Edited by Oscar Rosander
Release date
  • 1 October 1951
Running time
96 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Budget SEK 434,000

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in

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