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A Lesson in Love (1954)

En lektion i kärlek (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 March 1960 (USA)
After a 15-year marriage, the spouses are going to divorce, but suddenly find out that their feelings have not vanishing yet.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eva Dahlbeck ... Marianne Erneman
Gunnar Björnstrand ... David Erneman
Yvonne Lombard ... Susanne Verin
Harriet Andersson ... Nix Erneman
Åke Grönberg ... Carl-Adam
Olof Winnerstrand ... Professor Henrik Erneman
Birgitte Reimer Birgitte Reimer ... Lise (as Birgitte Reimers)
John Elfström ... Sam
Renée Björling ... Svea Erneman
Dagmar Ebbesen ... Nurse Lisa
Sigge Fürst ... Vicar
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

14 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lesson in Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Arild, Skåne län, Sweden See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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: I often think what power a gynecologist has over women. Don't you ever feel tempted?
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I Found It Outrageous and Pretty Much a Waste of Time
15 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee 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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