Smiles of a Summer Night
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
And so, we begin our Bergman journey with this film, Smiles of a Summer Night. In my opinion, Bergman is one of the most pretentious filmmakers that has ever existed. There are a ridiculous amount of Bergman films on the list, however, so I have plenty of opportunities to change my mind.
Unfortunately, this movie did not change my mind in the slightest. When you think of Bergman, you think of chess and Death. Not exactly fun or light topics. However, this was a Bergman comedy which is about as surprising as a Spielberg romcom or Taratino musical.
This film is loosely based off of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the duration of one night, couples change partners and fun is supposedly had.
Would it be immature to say that I simply didn't like the movie because it wasn't funny? I feel like I should go deeper than that. However, call me crazy, but if I film is labelled a comedy, I expect to laugh and not be bored out of mind.
No one claims that Bergman's strength is in comedies, so I suppose he can be forgiven for this one. Still, as dull as dull can be.
Bergman was going through such a rough time during filming of this movie that he claimed that if he hadn't made this film, he would have committed suicide. Oh, dear. Well then, I guess I am glad that he made it.
One Time Magazine's list of top 100 films of all time. Oh, come on.