The Dove (1968 film)

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De Düva (The Dove)
Directed by George Coe and Anthony Lover
Produced by George Coe, Sidney Davis and Anthony Lover
Written by Sidney Davis
Starring Pamela Burrell, George Coe, Sid Davis, Madeline Kahn, Stan Rubinstein, Tom Stone, Peter Turgeon and David Zirlin
Cinematography Anthony Lover
Edited by Anthony Lover
Country United States

The Dove (De Düva) is a 1968 American short film that humorously parodies the films of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The film borrows heavily from the plot lines of some of Bergman's most famous films made before 1968. There is a journey by car back to the location of childhood memories as in Wild Strawberries. The main characters meet with the shrouded figure of Death as in The Seventh Seal. The film was directed by George Coe and Anthony Lover. Madeline Kahn made her first film appearance, in a supporting role.[1] The dialogue and voice-over narration are spoken mostly in a heavily accented fictional language, which is mostly English made to sound like Swedish, with many of the nouns ending in "ska". (For example, the subtitled word "eventually" is spoken in dialogue as "sooner or lateska".) There are also a smattering of Yiddish words.[2] The subtitles, which often do not literally match the dialogue, add to the humor.

The film was often shown in repertory film houses as a short feature when Bergman films were on the bill. Audiences frequently did not realize that the short was a comedy until individuals started laughing when they began to understand the fake Swedish.


Victor, a seventy-six-year-old physics professor traveling by chauffeured car to give a university lecture, decides to visit his boyhood home. In the outhouse, he finds a figurine of a dove which reminds him of a summer picnic from his youth. Later in the flashback, Victor (played by Coe) and his beloved sister Inga run through the woods until they come across Death, who has come to claim Inga. Victor wagers that Death will not win a badmintonska (badminton) competition with Inga -- parodying The Seventh Seal, in which the competition is a game of chess. Death agrees, with the condition that if he wins he will take both Inga and Victor. After Inga wins the competition, thanks in whole or in part to the accidental contribution of the Dove, she and Victor happily run to the lake to go skinny-dipping.


  1. Noah, Timothy (July 30, 2007). "Remembering De Düva (The Dove) - The best Ingmar Bergman parody, ever". Retrieved 2008-07-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Saltzstein, Dan (August 1, 2007). "Smiles of a Web Video". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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