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Criterion Collection: Summer With Monika [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A9EGA4
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I know that films like The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Sawdust & Tinsel and Fanny & Alexander are better than this film- but this was the one I saw first. Many people tend to prefer the earlier Summer Interlude, that is similar to this film; but for me this is the one.
Based on the novel by Per Anders Fogelstrom, this has the themes and style that many of Bergman's subsequent works would have- a transcendental use of imagery verging on the magic, miserable relations between people and the existential nature of life and the obligatory decay that occurs with time...
Harriet Andersson's Monika is not dissimilar to other 'wild women' of the screen- Jeanne Moreau's Catherine in Jules et Jim and Beatrice Dalle in Betty Blue sprung to mind. The island holiday between the couple has that idealised quality of youth that people pang for and base whole careers on attempting to recapture- the end shows that change occurs and things can never be the same again.
I think this film is where Bergman came of age, and it has, for me, one of the most iconic images I have seen in cinema: Harriet Andersson running naked towards the sea. This is the most perfect image, one of innocence and beauty on a plain removed from the conventional (the beach is often seen as something like a dreamplain, if you're misreading Jung and gazing at Dali at the same time)- this is the moment that Lars Ekborg's character will try to recapture in a Proustian fashion (and fail to). A perfect moment in cinema.
It is great that Summer with Monika is now available on DVD, as I believe it to be a classic work and the ideal introduction to the world of Ingmar Bergman.
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Summer with Monika depicts a young couple rebelling against society and their parents (a common theme in much of Bergman's earlier work.) The first part of the film is set in the city of Stockholm, but as Harry and Monika cement their relationship and their resolve to rebel, we move out of the city to the beautiful islands of the archipelago around Stockholm. The depiction of young love in summer is idyllic - but, of course, it can't last... Beautifully shot and constructed, Summer with Monika is a moving and sombre evocation of young love.
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I saw this film for the first time a few years back and was moved by how it mirrored so precisely a phase I was going through in my own life. The cinematography is nothing less than outstanding, but it is the subtle things that truely make this a masterpiece. I know other people tend to focus on Bergman's more grandiose works, but this movie shows that the master could also work on a much more intimate and detailed level.

I would recommend this film to anyone that has loved and lost. A moving and deeply personal film.
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The first half recalls Bergman's earlier 'Summer Interlude'. But the
second half goes further and explores the 'what if' of the summer
romance between teens; moving into parenthood, marriage, and
disillusionment.

The acting is excellent, and unlike 'Summer Interlude' these actors
look close to the naïve age they're playing.

The film's point of view sometimes felt a bit one sided to me with 'bad
girl' Monika, from a crude, poor family, less willing to extend herself
than her upper-class boyfriend Harry. Of course, along with being
selfish she is also the more complex and fascinating character,
especially as played by the young Harriet Andersson.

Some critics make the argument - with merit - that the film doesn't
judge Monika,the audience does. Indeed, it could be argued that the
film is meant to make us question our own judgment of a poor girl who
is brought up with dreams of marriage as a glamorous escape, and not
just a humdrum existence. It's not for nothing the heroine is obsessed
with Hollywood love stories.

Andersson's performance may be the first of the many hyper-real and
extremely complex characters in Bergman's body of work, transcending
'type' and moral judgment.

The film was beloved by the French New wave filmmakers, who saw in it's
complex attitude (and very brief nudity) a throwing off of the shackles
of conventional characters and storytelling.
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Another sheer beautiful Bergman film which cuts the strings of your heart. Young beautiful Monika seduces young Harry in a pub while asking for a match for her cigarette. This is the start of a relationship which lasts all summer long. They spent the entire summer on the small boat of his father and enjoy themselves. While they do they make plans for the future : Harry will combine studying and work and Monika will stay at home to take care of the baby girl June because the gets pregnant during their summer love vacation. Not long after being married she gets bored and she complaints more often because the rent is not going to be paid and she needs new clothes. SPOILER ALERT : When Harry comes home from work from Stockholm he finds out that Monika has been cheating on him and in the end she leaves him. Thus mot a happy ending however a sheer beautiful Bergman film about love and how fragile love is : it can arise before summer and dissapear afterwards. Highest possible recommendation.
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