Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm 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 are forced to return to reality. The version initially released in the U.S. was re-edited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original SUMMER WITH MONIKA (SOMMAREN MED MONIKA), presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.
INGMAR BERGMAN FILM CLUB: Three casual conversations (no dedicated speaker) following three Bergman films. Free with any Bergman film ticket stub. Capacity limited. Takes place on Sat, Mar 10, 1:45pm (following 12:00pm SUMMER WITH MONIKA); Sun, Mar 18, 2:15pm (following 12:40pm PERSONA); Sat, Mar 25, 4:25pm (following 2:30pm PORT OF CALL).
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