Saturday, June 26, 2021

Midsummer

 

Every year since I've been alone here, I've watched Smiles of a Summer Night, a film by Ingmar Bergman, on my birthday. Since I was born on the solstice, this always seemed like a good way to celebrate. 

This year, I went grocery shopping instead. Then I was  exhausted, so no movie. 

And now it's Midsummer...

Traditionally, Swedes celebrate Midsummer with food, drink and dance into the light summer night. Decorating and then dancing around a Maypole is common. In the archipelago, where I spent my summers, we danced on a jetty to oldtime music played on an accordion. Such delightful memories.

In Sweden, and some other countries as well, custom says that when a young girl picks seven different kinds of wildflowers and places them under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband. 


This year, I was supposed to go on a drive to the beach with my greatnieces and their dad, but after remembering the traffic and crowds at the beach on a lovely summer weekend, I suggested we go in the fall instead. 

So now, here I am spending Midsummer's Eve with Faith and Samson. 

I can't think of a better time to watch Smiles of a Summer Night again.         

            Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries, another film by Ingmar Bergman. I wonder how long he and his contributions to film will be remembered.








28 comments:

  1. Hello Inger! I'm commenting from my laptop. My Mac, which I am generally on, refuses to allow me to comment on your blog (frustrating!). I love this - and the idea of placing the 7 different wildflowers beneath the pillow for a glimpse into who a future husband may be. How fun! Did I miss your birthday? If so, Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest blogger friends!! You inspire, with your posts! In response to your comment on my last blog post: Yes, I do remember how drawn you were to Summer. She is indeed a special girl and if she were to know you, she would be drawn to you (Auntie Inger) as well. Nice strawberries! Enjoy watching Smiles of a Summer Night. I will have to look that one up, it sounds like something I would enjoy as well. Give Faith and Samson hugs for us. Sending lots of love your way... Bobbi and Gracie

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  2. Hello and happy Midsummer Inger,
    Happy Belated birthday! I try to avoid the beach during the high season, it is too crowded.
    I am not sure if I have seen that movie. Your vase of flowers looks beautiful. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Avoiding the crowds is a must these days. Lovely photo of midsummer celebration in Sweden, with food and dancing!

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  4. Many happy belated birthday wishes and happy midsummer too.
    The flowers in your vase look beautiful.

    All the best Jan

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  5. Happy Solstice birthday, Inger! Yes, Ingmar Bergman, totally transformed my understanding of film when I first saw his work. Beautiful, funny, frightening, everything in turn. I hope people continue to know him.

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  6. Happy Belated Birthday. I've never seen Smiles of a Summer Night!
    The vase of flowers are so pretty.

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  7. Happy Birthday a little late! I think Bergman's contribution to film will be remembered for a very long time. I love the photo of the flowers in the vase on the beautiful sill with the curtain. It's a beautiful composition.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you, Janie. I post that picture every year at Midsummer, it tells a story, I think. Seven wildflowers on a windowsill.

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  8. Belated Happy Birthday Inger and happy Midsummer. I think I remember as a child dancing around the Maypole but don't know if they do it here anymore. We should.
    That movie looks happy and uplifting. Wish there was an English version.

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    1. Lots of good Swedish actorsin this film. This is the English version, it has subtitles in English. Amazon should have it.

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  9. Happy Belated Birthday Inger. I'm glad you had Faith and Samson with you for company.

    I avoid crowds as well and I don't mind my own company but the Maypole dancing and singing sounds like a lovely way to spend a nice sunny summer day.

    Those wild strawberries reminds me of my childhood. There were so many wild strawberries where I grew up. We would pick and my mom would make strawberry pies and jam.

    Have a peaceful weekend
    Hugs, Julia

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  10. What a lovely time for a birthday! Happy belated one to you! Yes, I agree, that it would be a good time to kick back and watch your movie.

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  11. I have never heard of these movies. Your flowers and vase are so lovely. Happy Birthday!!

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  12. I am wondering if you picked all those flowers in your yard cuz I just absolutely love wildflowers and they look so pretty sitting in your window. Glad you decided to watch the movie I'm with Jenny I've never heard of either one of them and I don't know Burgman either. But I may have seen some and not knowing who did it because I never pay attention to the names of who is in it or who the director was. If you ask me what movie I watched last night I would not be able to tell you. I think it was a good move to wait until it's cooler and not so crowded at the beach

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    1. I hope you watched the last season of Bosch, streaming now.

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  13. I forgot, no I picked them in Sweden, years ago. No green grass here, no flowers either.

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  14. The great, classic, movies...let's hope, will last forever!!

    I think your spending an evening with "family" such as Faith & Samson is perfect!!
    (Loved reading about your traditions)

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  15. Those wildflowers are just gorgeous, and the wild strawberries brought tears to my eyes! I think we have to enjoy them in photos mainly now, we desert dwellers. Wild strawberries, how long it has been since I saw any! Your evening with doggos and movie sounds like a wonderful night in to me. Thank you for sharing your memories of life in Sweden. I find all of your memories extremely interesting.

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  16. dear Inger.
    happy belated summer solstice and birthday to you!
    I'm glad Samson and Faith could be there with you.
    the picture of the wild flowers with the simple curtain in the window warmed my heart.
    our heat dome has finally broken. it's only 76 right now. and the possibility of even more rain! I cannot complain.
    Ingmar Bergman always makes me also think of Liv Ullmann. such a beautiful and sensitive face. and a fine actress. I think he will live on as a supreme director of cinematic life! he makes people Think! I haven't seen the film but will try to watch it on youtube! XO

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  17. Happy Birthday sweet friend. I hope you are still celebrating and doing some things you enjoy. Wish I was there to watch this movie with you. Wouldn't that be fun. I'll bring the popcorn!

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  18. Happy Birthday to you - i love reading the post and the tradition in your country about flowers and young girls, etc... i think I want to see that movie~ Hope u are staying nice and cool.

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  19. Beautiful photos, and Birthday Wishes to you! I've never seen the movie buy now I'm curious. I'll see if I can find a way to stream it.

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  20. Lovely traditions :) your vase of flowers look very pretty on the windowsill. Have a wonderful summer!

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  21. Hi Inger - gorgeous memories ... I hope you got my birthday email sent on Midsummer's Day. Well not going to the beach now - you have some fun and happy times to look forward to in the autumn. Your vase of flowers, the wild flowers and those wild strawberries - wonderful to look at ...I hope you had a happy day with Samson and Faith and perhaps a few phone calls and messages.

    I suspect Bergman will influence us for a while yet - but times are a-changing, however he'll always be there in the history books and screens for us to see - cheers Hilary

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  22. Happy belated Birthday! I have never seen that movie.

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  23. Happy birthday. This is an especially nice post, with the traditional celebrations, the wild flowers at the window, and your admiration for Bergman's genius as a director. My husband and I watched and admired several of his films at an art theater when we lived in Berkeley and Bergman has earned his place in film history.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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