Summer With Monika
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Section: Apollo..Ingmar Bergman-100
Country: Sweden 
Year: 1953

Summer With Monika

96 minutes/Black&White



A sensuous, admirably unsentimental tale of young love, this highpoint of early Bergman was revered by the talents of the French New Wave. Godard called it “the most original film of the most original of directors”. Harriet Andersson, fiery in her first of many Bergman roles, is Monika, a shop girl whose whirlwind summer romance with Harry gives way to domestic routine and drudgery. The atmospheric visuals by Gunnar Fischer, Bergman’s cameraman of choice in the 1950s, effectively contrast the airy, idyllic, seaside locales of the couple’s summer passion with the darker, drabber realities of their working-class life in the city. The film’s eroticism and nudity made it a succès de scandale for Bergman and Swedish cinema.


Director: Ingmar Bergman

Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman

Based on Per Anders Fogelström’s book

Cinematographer: Gunnar Fischer

Editing: Tage Holmberg, Gösta Lewin

Music: Erik Nordgren, Les Baxter

Producer: Allan Ekelund



Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg



Svensk Filmindustri

World Sales:

Janus Films

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, a Swedish stage and film director, was born on July 14, 1918, died on July 30, 2007. He was one of the key film auteurs of the second half of the twentieth century. His films very often addressed the "death of God" in Western culture, and the subsequent loss of the meaning of life. Bergman's characters often expressed an existentialist despair over the loss of faith, but are trapped in the rationalist universe with no hope of breaking out. Bergman's films were highly personalized, expressing his own struggles with modern life through the struggles of his characters.

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Bergman grew up surrounded by religious imagery and discussion. Bergman attended Stockholm University and became interested in theater, and later in cinema.

Bergman was one of the acknowledged masters of modern cinema. His films are representative of the artistic, and sometimes non-linear storytelling techniques of European cinema. During his early period, he worked exclusively in black and white. Some of his most loved files come from this period, including Sawdust and Tinsel (1955), Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal (both 1957), the latter two are still recognized as early masterpieces.



1946 Crisis

1946 It Rains on Our Love

1947 A Ship to India

1948 Music in Darkness

1948 Port of Call

1949 Prison

1949 Thirst

1950 This Can't Happen Here

1950 To Joy

1951 Summer Interlude

1952 Waiting Women

1953 Sawdust and Tinsel

1953 Summer with Monika

1954 A Lesson in Love

1955 Dreams

1955 Smiles of a Summer Night

1957 The Seventh Seal

1957 Wild Strawberries

1958 Brink of Life

1958 The Magician

1960 The Devil's Eye

1960 The Virgin Spring

1961 Through a Glass Darkly

1963 The Silence

1963 Winter Light

1964 All These Women

1966 Persona

1968 Hour of the Wolf

1968 Shame

1969 The Passion of Anna

1972 Cries & Whispers

1974 Scenes from a Marriage

1976 Face to Face

1978 Autumn Sonata

1982 Fanny and Alexander