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One Summer of Happiness (1951)

Hon dansade en sommar (original title)
After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation. It's summer and a lot of work to do at the farm, but he, the city ... See full summary »

Director:

Arne Mattsson

Writers:

Per Olof Ekström (novel) (as P.O. Ekström), Volodja Semitjov (screenplay) (as W. Semitjov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edvin Adolphson ... Anders Persson
Ulla Jacobsson ... Kerstin
John Elfström ... Priest
Folke Sundquist ... Göran (as Folke Sundqvist)
Erik Hell ... Torsten, Farm Worker
Irma Christenson ... Sigrid
Sten Lindgren ... Mr. Stendahl
Nils Hallberg ... Nisse, Farm Worker
Sten Mattsson Sten Mattsson ... Olle, Farm Worker (as Sten Mattson)
Gunvor Pontén ... Sylvia, Nisse's Girlfriend
Gösta Gustafson Gösta Gustafson ... Fredrik Larsson, Kerstin's Uncle
Berta Hall ... Anna
Erich Conrad Erich Conrad ... Helge (as Erich Conard)
Margaretha Löwler ... Mary Ann, Göran's Girlfriend (as Margareta Löwler)
Arne Källerud ... Klas Wiberg
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Storyline

After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation. It's summer and a lot of work to do at the farm, but he, the city student, isn't accustomed to that. He falls in love with 17 year old Kerstin, and suddenly he is very engaged in country life. Göran is a foreigner, but he quickly blends in with the village youth. They are in a bitter conflict with the vicar, who condemns all their activities as immoral. When the vicar forbids the youth to use the school for their meetings anymore, Anders gives them an old barn, which they start renovating. Kerstin has a strict mother, who in vain forbids her to take part in the youth activities. She goes there with Göran. She is a bit shy, but the romance between them develops step by step, until it is fulfilled a summer night, when they swim naked in a lake. Despite all efforts of Kerstin's parents and the vicar, they cannot stop Kerstin and Göran from meeting each other also when ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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A Romance of Ecstasy! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

17 December 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

One Summer of Happiness See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nordisk Tonefilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was mentioned by a 1954 Memorandum of the New York State Education Department, written with regard to New York State Law 1954, Chapter 620, which added definitions of "immoral" and "incite to crime" for motion picture censorship purposes. The Memorandum cited this film as an example of a film about which the ED's Motion Picture Division had been "beset with inquiries and applications for reconsideration of motion pictures which heretofore have been regarded as contrary to the present provisions of the statute." It stated that One Summer of Happiness "contains a scene where a boy, nineteen, and a girl, seventeen, spending a vacation together, swim and embrace in the nude." See more »


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Underrated, simple love story - glorious Ulla Jacobsson!
17 September 2003 | by kulturnisSee all my reviews

This charming film should be restored and reissued. Its story line is simple, perhaps a bit trite. However, the central character Kerstin presents us with a rare glimpse of the blossoming of youth, emerging from innocence to passion to tragedy in a short season. No spectacular acting here, but one senses a freshness and spontaneity rarely grasped in low budget productions. No specific message here, other than raw warmth followed by pain and despair. Too bad Ulla was not discovered and well directed later on! We missed a great actress. (We named our first daughter after her character long before she was born!)


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