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June Night

A movie directed by Per Lindberg

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Juninatten 1940

  • Sep 17, 2002
Pros: a beautiful Ingrid Bergman

Cons: subtitles again

The Bottom Line: Just a great movie

Aka June Night

This beautifully written and produced movie, released in black and white, was the final movie for Bergman before she came to the United States. Again, I didn’t notice it was a subtitled movie because I had rented it so Surg could watch the movie since it was a love story. She gets a little iffy about my other movie selections. She also doesn't do subtitles, sorry Diane.

This is a vaguely psychological love story with a few twists and turns, leading toward light prostitution and sexual overtones.

Kerstin Norbäck/Sara Nordanå (Ingrid Bergman) is a beautiful and lonely young woman. She meets Nils Asklund (Gunnar Sjöberg) an out of work seaman, and begins an affair. Deciding she wants to end the affair, Kerstin tells Nils it is over, he pulls a gun and shoots her. (His intention was suicide, so he says) Kerstin is rushed to the hospital and recovers, although the bullet was close to her heart.

A trial takes place and Nils is convicted and sent to prison. End of Nils for a while. Kerstin wants to go away and get a new life, a new outlook. She ends up in Stockholm under the name of Sara Nordanå and goes to work in a pharmacy. She moves into an apartment with two other women and begins her new life.

Nils comes back into her life, as well as a reporter than ran an expose on her during the trial. As well, there is the new doctor that is treating her wounds to contend with. Again, her life is turmoil and she must come to terms with her future.

Directed by Per Lindberg, and written by Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius, Per Lindberg, and Tora Nordström-Bonnier. The photography was beautifully done by Åke Dahlqvist. Acting was wonderfully done and Bergman was classically beautiful in this release.

My main problem was the speech pattern and subtitling. They appear to be very soft spoken, so you had to listen intently to get the syntax of the speech pattern, not that I understood a dang thing. Then quickly scan the wording and go back to the expressions and scenery. It’s a lot of work for a movie.

Regardless, I highly recommend the movie. A delicate love story with a great ending, a bit of intrigue included. Truly great cinema of the older caliber.



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A woman flees to avoid rumors of promiscuity, but is trailed by a reporter who wants to expose her dark past. One of Bergman's first films and never released in the U.S. or Canada.
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Director: Per Lindberg
Release Date: 1940
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Wellspring (February 23, 1999)
Runtime: 1hr 30min
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