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FILM: Bergman Centennial Screening - 'Smiles of a Summer Night'

  • Van Ness Street at 44th Street, NW Van Ness Street at 44th Street, NW Washington, DC 20016 (map)

As a grand finale to the Ingmar Bergman Centennial Summerscreenings in Washington DC, the Embassy of Sweden will be screening Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende), a highly-acclaimed comedy sparkling with erotic energy and romantic misadventures, in the garden of the Residence of the Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. 

7:00 pm - doors to the grounds will open. Bring your own picnic blankets, food, and drinks. Quiz with giveaways will also be available.

8:00 pm - film screening will start (English subtitles, 1h 48min)

Characterizing the film as a “delightful bedroom farce,” Turner Classic Movies writes, “with an effervescent touch, Bergman brilliantly captures the tangled problems, jealousies and dissatisfactions that characterize marriage in this clever film about the war between the sexes and the quest for love.” This is also the film that inspired the musical A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 

Trailer Bergman Centennial:

Optional dress code: "Summer Romance" - in keeping with the film’s setting at the turn of the 20th century, please feel inspired by the period attire. 
Some inspiration: tweed, peacoats, vests, military attire and fedoras are some suggestions for traditional men’s styles; shirtwaists, full skirts, defined waistlines, and clothing with lace, ruffles, ribbons, pleats, and draping are some suggestions for traditional women’s styles.

Entrance to the Swedish Residence Garden will be provided from the back gate ONLY, located on Van Ness Street at 44th Street, NW, DC 20016. Street parking only! 

In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent to registered attendees the day of the event. 
Photo ID will be checked at the gate.

We hope to see you there! Free admission. Limited space. 

This event is held in conjunction with the 2018 Ingmar Bergman Centennial Jubilee #Bergman100 and in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art and the American Film Institute Silver Theatre.