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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 vanished yet.


Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman


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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...or how to win back a beautiful wife after having a love affair with an alluring woman.


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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 »


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 »


Marianne Erneman: Don't let that silly kiss give you ideas. My mind's made up. Never again!
David Erneman: Never again what?
Marianne Erneman: I don't know. But never again.
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It has Bjornstrand and Dahlbeck, and that's enough for me
31 March 2020 | by bob998See all my reviews

This is not one of the great Bergman comedies, not comparable to Smiles of a Summer's Night, Secrets of Women or The Devil's Eye, but it has its pleasures. Chief among them is the partnership of Gunnar Bjornstrand and Eva Dahlbeck; you might call them the Swedish version of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (or Cary Grant and Hepburn in Philadelphia Story). He's staid and a little timorous, she's volatile and humorous, with great comic timing. They're beautifully photographed and posed within the frame. I'm ready to forget the incongruous scenes that seem thrown in on a whim--what is that fight between the two women in the bar all about ? it comes out of nowhere.

Harriet Andersson probably wanted to get the sexpot image out of people's minds when she accepted the part, but Nix is a confusing character: tomboy and developed woman in the same body. Her acting shows the unease she must have felt about the character. Ake Gronberg as the bearish Carl-Adam has some funny lines but his part is fairly tiresome in the end. Minor Bergman except for the fabulous main couple.

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Swedish | Danish

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14 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Arild, Skåne län, Sweden See more »

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