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Dove (The)

Country: USA, Language: English, 15 mins

Original Title

De Düva
  • Director: George Coe; Anthony Lover
  • Writer: Sidney Davis
  • Producer: George Coe; Sidney Davis

CGiii Comment

It's brilliant.

To fully appreciate this...you really need to have seen a few of Bergman's films.

The detail and tone are perfect.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Pamela Burrell as Inga;
George Coe as Viktor;
Sid Davis as Death;
Madeline Kahn as Sigfrid;
Stan Rubinstein as Olin;
Tom Stone as Gustav;
Peter Turgeon as Uncle Anders;
David Zirlin as Chauffeur