Flick Review < Summer Interlude | Ingmar Bergman, 1951

"A strange mood developed, almost like a melody. A new room was opened in our minds."
"You only see your life clearly once, when all protective walls have crumbled. 
You stand there, naked and cold, seeing yourself just the way you are. Once only."



Sommarlek / Summer Interlude (1951)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writers: Ingmar Bergman, Herbert Grevenius
Cinematography: Gunnar Fischer
Stars: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin


"Summer Interlude has a long history. Its origin, I see now, lies in a rather touching love affair that 
I had one summer when my family resided on Ornö Island. I was sixteen years old and, as usual, 
was stuck with extra studies during my summer vacation and could only occasionally participate 
in activities with people my own age. Besides, I did not dress as they did; I was skinny, had acne,
 and stammered whenever I broke my silence and looked up reading from Nietzsche."

[... ]On the far end of this so-called Paradise Island, toward the bay, there lived a girl who was 
also alone. A timid love grew between us, as often happens when two young lonely people seek 
each other out. [...] Our love died when autumn came, but it served as the basis for a short story 
that I wrote the summer after my exams.

 Ingmar Bergman, Images: My Life in Film



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On Sailing | Albert Einstein, 1936-1938

Albert Einstein, Saranac Lake in New York, 1936                                                      Albert Einstein sailing, 1936


"I like sailing, because it is the sport that demands the least energy."

Albert Einstein
Ronald W. Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times, 1971

Albert Einstein rowing on Lower Saranac Lake. Jacob Billikopf is in the stern and actress 
Luise Rainer is in the bow, 1937. Courtesy of David Marshall Billikopf.


"I love to travel, but hate to arrive."

Albert Einstein

Sergey Konenkov, Albert Einstein at Saranac Lake                                            Lotte Jacobi, Albert Einstein, 1938


“A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.”

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein sailing his boat on Saranac Lake, NY


"My sailing system set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, 
loll back, let boat drift."

Albert Einstein


When Einstein attended college at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, he fell in love
 with sailing. He would often take a boat out onto a lake, pull out a notebook, relax, and think.
Even though Einstein never learned to swim, he kept sailing as a hobby throughout his life.


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