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The Dove (De Düva) is an Academy Award-nominated short parody of Ingmar Bergman’s films, made in 1968. They used to show this a lot in the early days of HBO and it’s been screened at Bergman festivals to unsuspecting audiences. The short lampoons elements of Bergman’s Wild StrawberriesThe Seventh SealThe Silence and Smiles of a Summer Night.


Professor Viktor Sundqvist (co-director George Coe, seen often on SNL‘s early years) is being chauffeured to a lecture at a university, when a dove shits on the car’s windshield. He decides to make a visit to his childhood home ala Wild Strawberries.


In a flashback, Viktor and his sister challenge Death (screenwriter Sid Davis) to a game of badminton in exchange for Death sparing her life. A dove shits on Death and he loses the game.


The ridiculous fake Swedish is a mix of English, Yiddish and adding “ska” to certain words, as in “It will take a momentska” or “sooner or lateska.”

  • Year
    1968
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    George Coe, Anthony Lover