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Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika) UK Dvd (1953)
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    Single Disc [2004]

  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG

  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes

    'Sultry, dynamic' - VARIETY

1963, 96 MINS, BW, SWEDEN

  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writer: Ingmar Bergman, Per Anders Fogelström, also novel
  • Release Date: 6 February 1956 (USA)


  • Harriet Andersson ... Monika
  • Lars Ekborg ... Harry
  • Dagmar Ebbesen ... Harry's aunt
  • Åke Fridell ... Monika's father
  • Naemi Briese ... Monika's mother
  • Åke Grönberg ... Harry's friend at work
  • Sigge Fürst ... Porcelain warehouse worker
  • John Harryson ... Lelle

    (Svensk Filmindustri (SF))

A girl and boy discover young love, family disagreements and pregnancy. Summer with Monika belongs to Bergman's middle period when he was primarily concerned with the trials and tribulations of adolescence and the problems of young love.

A chance meeting in a coffee shop between Harry (Ekborg), a young errand boy, and Monika (Andersson), a wild and reckless girl who works in a nearby grocery shop, soon develops into a love affair. After a row with her father, Monika goes on a motorboat holiday. Their idyllic summer is soon shattered by the news that Monika is pregnant. Faced with sudden responsibility, Harry agrees to marry Monika and they set up home together in a small flat. Monika rapidly becomes bored with married life and looking after the baby. Soon Harry returns from a business trip to discover that his wife has been unfaithful with a former lover.

A frank and tender portrait of first love, Bergman's film is also a realistic and uncompromising account of a disintegrating marriage.

The last of Bergman's studies of young love and the alienating effects of city life, tis is a masterpiece of contrasting images and emotions. The brilliant, sunlit scenes set on the isolated islands perfectly capture the joy and innocence of summer love, as sassy teenager Harriet Andersson and adoring Lars Ekborg splash n the dappled water and kiss beneath the stars. But Gunnar Fischer's stifling shots of Stockholm are perhaps more impressive, as he sets the visual tone for the gradual drift into desertion and disillusionment.


Official UK release.

Dvd Features:

    ~ Main Language: Swedish
    ~ Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital
    ~ Sub Titles: English
    ~ Disc Format: DVD 5
    ~ Star And Director Filmographies
    ~ Scene Selection
    ~ Philip Strick Film Notes
    ~ Stills Gallery
    ~ The Bergman Collection Trailer

Condition: Used.

Price: £24.99 (UK Sterling) (UK / Europe / Australia Postage Inclusive)

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