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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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Film debut of Madeline Kahn. See more »

Quotes

Death: [shaking fist at dove, after having been splattered with dove droppings; in parody Swedish] Duva shmucka!
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Spoofs The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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One of the great shorts.
9 August 2000 | by roarshockSee all my reviews

Assuming you can find a copy, this is one of the greatest ambush films of all time. Have a few of your movie fanatic friends over for some serious film viewing, and sometime that evening, without warning, start playing "The Dove". It is so well done that when I first saw it I took it seriously... that is until I realized that the word "water" in the subtitles was translating a "Swedish" word pronounced "H2Oska". If you play it right, you can wait and see how long it takes for your friends to catch on.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Audio 300, Coe-Davis Ltd. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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