Swing, You Sinners: Summer with Monika,
or How Ingmar Spent His Summer Vacation

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2


Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:00pm
Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953
“I have never made a less complicated film than Summer with Monika,” boasted Ingmar Bergman. “We simply went off and shot it, taking great delight in our freedom.” Like the people who made Summer with Monika, the film’s teenage lovers (Harriet Andersson and Lars Ekborg) long only for a carefree summer, an escape from the stultifying world of adult falsehoods and stupid jobs back in Stockholm. They revel in the innate carnality of their embarrassingly perfect Nordic bodies, but can their luxuriant lifestyle outlast the summer—and Monika’s pregnancy? Celebrated by Jean-Luc Godard as “the first Baudelairean film” in the pages of Cahiers du cinéma in 1958, the lowlife appeal of Summer with Monika had already been thoroughly demonstrated by American exploitation maestro Kroger Babb, who recut the film to 62 minutes, dubbed it into English, appended a Les Baxter score, and released it as Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl. Alas, we’re showing the original version. In Swedish with English subtitles.  (KW)
97 min • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) • 35mm from Janus Films

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