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De Düva: The Dove (1968)

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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Sidney Davis
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Pamela Burrell Pamela Burrell ... Inga
George Coe ... Viktor
Sidney Davis Sidney Davis ... Death (as Sid Davis)
Madeline Kahn ... Sigfrid
Stan Rubinstein Stan Rubinstein ... Olin
Tom Stone Tom Stone ... Gustav
Peter Turgeon ... Uncle Anders
David Zirlin David Zirlin ... Chauffeur
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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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Short | Comedy

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Film debut of Madeline Kahn. See more »

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Viktor: I have a hernia.
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Spoofs The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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"Younger" viewers
25 September 2010 | by chaneskiSee all my reviews

It stands as a tribute to this hilarious film short that people have been leaving stellar reviews of it here for over 10 years; everybody wants to chime in and I am no different in that respect.

The key difference in my exposure to this film, though, is that I first saw it on HBO. We had HBO relatively early, around 1975, and along with movies (that had been in the theaters ONLY 9 MONTHS AGO!!) there were some special little treats and one of them was "De Duva." I had never seen a Bergman film in my life; I was only 12 years old. My brothers were 11 and 10, yet we LOVED this movie. Of course the jokes about dove crap were our favorites, but we totally "got it." So while there is a contingent that is nostalgic for this classic after seeing it in art houses (I'd have been 6 years old and no art house patron), there are those of us who look back fondly on "De Duva" from 1975.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dove See more »

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Audio 300, Coe-Davis Ltd. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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