A Lesson in Love

A Lesson in Love (“En lektion i kärlek”)220px-Lesson_in_love
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Written by Ingmar Bergman
1954/Sweden
Svensk Filmindustri
First viewing/Hulu

 

“Like some wines our love could neither mature nor travel.”― Graham Greene, The Comedians

This Bergman comedy is an entertaining warm-up to Smiles of a Summer Night.

Much of the film takes place in flashbacks.  David Erneman (Gunnar Björnstrand) is a gynecologist.  The story begins with his farewell to the mistress he has been seeing for the last year.  We then get a bit of their history via flashback.

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Next David takes the train to Copenhagen on which he “happens” to share a compartment with Marianne (Eva Dahlbeck) his wife.  He is trying to win her back following her discovery of his affair.  We flashback to their first confession of love, a happy birthday celebration with her father, and Marianne’s discovery of the infidelity.  With Harriet Andersson as the couple’s teenage daughter.

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I could watch the two principals in anything I think.  They both have the perfect light touch for comedy and deliver Bergman’s dialogue very well.  I would describe the film as slight but charming.  Just what the doctor ordered on some days.

Clip (no subtitles)

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