This short film is a parody of some of Ingmar Bergman's best known films, including Wild Strawberries (Smultronstaellet) and The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet). The dialog, seemingly in... See full summary »

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Inga
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Viktor
Sid Davis ...
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Sigfrid
Stan Rubinstein ...
Olin
Tom Stone ...
Gustav
Peter Turgeon ...
Uncle Anders
David Zirlin ...
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This short film is a parody of some of Ingmar Bergman's best known films, including Wild Strawberries (Smultronstaellet) and The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet). The dialog, seemingly in Swedish, is actually a Swedish-accented fictional language based on English, German, Latin, and Swedish, with most nouns ending in "ska". The principal character, Professor Viktor Sundqvist, 76, is being driven to a lecture at the university, when dove droppings splatter the car's windshield. Detouring at his uncle's old house, his mind wanders back to his youth, when Death came to a family picnic to claim his sister, Inga. Knowing that Death is a gambler, Viktor has Inga challenge Death to a single-point game of badminton for her life. While they are playing, a dove flies above, soiling Death's cape, and distracting him enough to miss the birdie. Having won the game, Inga is free, and she and Viktor run off for a swim in the lake. Written by Dana Holm Howard <danahoho@ix.netcom.com>

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Film debut of Madeline Kahn. See more »

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Sigfrid: [proffering cigar to Inga, in parody Swedish] Phalliken symbolsk?
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Spoofs The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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Hilarious short satire of foreign films.
22 September 1999 | by (Waco, Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie almost thirty years ago, and the fact that I've been looking for a copy ever since attests to my enthusiastic recommendation. If you are in to foreign films, especially the heavily symbolic Swedish films of the late 50's (Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" for example), you will enjoy every one of the fifteen minutes running time and wish for more. The film is a small masterpiece of satire, spoofing in a kind of macaronic English-Swedish the overt symbolism characteristic of the time and genre. Finding a tape anywhere of this film is to search for the proverbial needle, but I urge you to make every effort to find it and enjoy it. You will be well rewarded for you


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