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En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love)

En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love) (1954)

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En Lektion i Kärlek constitutes one of Ingmar Bergman's more overtly entertaining films. In this highly engaging comedy, Bergman reunites Gunnar Bjornstrand and Eva Dahlbeck, who had already teamed to great effect in the final, comic episode of Secrets of Women (1952), and he once again casts them as an amusingly antagonistic husband and wife. Bjornstrand's character, David Erneman, is a successful gynecologist who has jeopardized his sixteen-year marriage by entering into an affair with one of

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A minor but mostly agreeable picture, which finds Bergman gearing up for his altogether more resonant exercise in wise comedy, Smiles of a Summer Night.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Even though it came early in the snowballing Bergman career, it reveals certain sparkling characteristics that have been striking in Mr. Bergman's themes and style.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[Bergman's] first comedy... follows a long-married couple's rocky affairs and recalls the better-known Smiles Of A Summer Night.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Made with Bergman's usual flair for striking visuals and intelligent characterisation, this is rewarding dissection of middle-aged love that manages to be incisive, compassionate and hopeful.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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Ingmar Bergman, of course, is best known for his dark, moody dramas, but this early comedy shows the director's seldom-seen playful side.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for En Lektion i Kärlek (A Lesson in Love)

Bergman and comedy don't quite go together. Some of his comedies are so naff you almost wince. This film has the odd naff moment - the last 30 seconds being the nadir, but on the whole this is a charming (rather than funny) piece, enjoyable throughout. Bergman casts several of his usual suspects who perform well. There is a great scene on the train between David, Marianne and an uncouth salesman which will stick in the memory. Some of the marriage material is typical, cynical Bergman, but this is Bergman in a light rather than dark mood.

This film has its moments and is worth the 90-odd minutes. Not one of his classics and not the place to start if you want to fall for Bergman
December 13, 2009
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Considering it's Bergman, it's a touch disappointing. Sometimes when Bergman tacks a lighter tone the films shine, an example being 'Smiles of a Summer Night'. 'A Lesson In Love' doesn't, though it's charming enough, with the usual great Bergman performances from the likes of Gunnar Bjornstrand, Eva Dahlbeck and Harriet Andersson. An above average film, but a below great Bergman.
April 8, 2009
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