Blu-ray, DVD Release: Summer Interlude

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion

Summer Interlude movie scene

Birger Malmsten gets familiar with Maj-Britt Nilsson in Bergman's Summer Interlude.

The 1951 drama-romance Summer Interlude, Swedish master Ingmar Bergman’s (Summer with Monika) tenth film, touches on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career—isolation, performance and the inescapability of the past.

In one of the director’s great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson (To Joy) portrays Marie, an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten, Thirst). Her memories of the rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works.

When interviewed years later, Bergman said that he considered this classic reverie on life and death to be a creative turning point in his career.

The Blu-ray and DVD of the movie offer new high-definition digital restorations, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition, along with a new English subtitle translation and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Cowie.

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