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A Lesson in Love (1954)

En lektion i kärlek (original title)
After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover Carl-Adam, who's ... See full summary »

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Marianne Erneman
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David Erneman
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Susanne Verin
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Nix Erneman
Åke Grönberg ...
Carl-Adam
Olof Winnerstrand ...
Professor Henrik Erneman
Birgitte Reimer ...
Lise (as Birgitte Reimers)
John Elfström ...
Sam
Renée Björling ...
Svea Erneman
Dagmar Ebbesen ...
Nurse Lisa
Sigge Fürst ...
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After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover Carl-Adam, who's also David's best friend. When she travels to Copenhagen to meet Carl-Adam, David takes the same train as she does, making it look coincidental. Spending time together remembering their past and talking about their future, they come to understand each other again, which leads to a reconciliation. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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14 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Bergman surprises the audience and himself with this catchy and playful farce. New camera angles and positions, symphonic comedy and some improvised dialogue. An off-beat continental and chaotic nightclub scene is new territory. See more »

Goofs

During the conversation between David and his wife by the microscope, the shadow of the microphone can be seen on the wall for a large part of the scene. See more »

Quotes

David Erneman: If I were to have an affair with you what a terrible chain reaction there would be.
Susanne Verin: Nobody need know.
David Erneman: I prefer my simple life with its small joys and cares, my slippers by the quiet fire, to your perfumed body and devouring flame that sweeps over home, children, decency and leads to nothing at all. Go now, Susanne. Leave me in peace.
Susanne Verin: You love me.
David Erneman: No. But I desire you. I want your fire to burn away my dull apathy and the waste heap of grey monotony. Is that absurd and silly?
Susanne Verin: Don't talk. Kiss me.
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Not one of my favourite Bergman films, but a charmer all the same
6 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ingmar Bergman has many several superb movies. A Lesson In Love is not one of his best, or one of my favourites shall I say, but I found it to be a fine and very overlooked film in many ways. It looks wonderful, the cinematography is especially good in the picnic scene and the scenery and images are all stunning to watch. The script is cynical, charming and funny at the same time, while the story is lighter in tone than most Bergman but is well balanced also with intelligently explored issues within the family especially the tension between David and Nix. The flashbacks are very carefully calculated, and there are some standout scenes, like at the picnic, on the train and with the granddad. Bergman as ever directs superbly. It is the performances that make A Lesson in Love the charmer it is, aside from the writing that is. The ever elegant Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Bjornstrand give superb performances that gives A Lesson in Love that extra sparkle. Fellow Bergman regular Harriet Anderssen is also impressive, though went onto even better things. Overall, a charming and funny film, definitely recommended. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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