Brilliant Ingmar Bergman parody, 1968

‘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. The short lampoons elements of Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, The Silence and Smiles of a Summer Night.

Professor Viktor Sundqvist (co-director George Coe) 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.” ‘ (via Dangerous Minds)

I remember seeing this in the early ‘70’s at the late great Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, MA. Abut half an hour into the screening, someone jumped up in the front row, raised his arms in amazement and exclaimed, “My God! I’m so stoned I can understand Swedish!!”