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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
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Carl-Adam
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Professor Henrik Erneman
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Lise (as Birgitte Reimers)
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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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...or how to win back a beautiful wife after having a love affair with an alluring woman.

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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

Marianne Erneman: Remember that sunny morning last winter when I was posing for Carl-Adam? The look you gave me!
David Erneman: I saw you naked for the first time.
Marianne Erneman: You blushed so sweetly and that lout said, "And he's to be a gynecologist!"
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I Found It Outrageous and Pretty Much a Waste of Time
15 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This would be fine as an Italian farce. It is basically the story of a dull man who is full of testosterone (interesting because he's a gynecologist). Through various affairs and indiscretions, he has lost his connection to his wife. They are a match for one another and fight and spar through the whole thing. There is a little Taming of the Shrew action. First he steals her from his best friend; then he offers her back; then he wants her again. It is clever enough, I guess, but I expect more profundity from Bergman. Some of the banter is clever but ultimately, it's that old story of a man and wife, playing at a game, pretending not to be married and then setting up an encounter.


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