The Devil's Eye

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

This fanciful comedy by Ingmar Bergman details the efforts of the Devil to stop the swelling in his eye by sending Don Juan (Jarl Kulle) to seduce Britt-Marie (Bibi Andersson), the 20-year-old virgin daughter of a kindly country pastor--because, as an old Irish proverb states, "a virgin is a sty in the Devil's eye." Accompanied by his servant, Pablo (Sture...read more

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This fanciful comedy by Ingmar Bergman details the efforts of the Devil to stop the swelling in his eye by sending Don Juan (Jarl Kulle) to seduce Britt-Marie (Bibi Andersson), the 20-year-old virgin daughter of a kindly country pastor--because, as an old Irish proverb states, "a virgin is

a sty in the Devil's eye." Accompanied by his servant, Pablo (Sture Lagerwall), the great lover arrives to do the Devil's bidding, and while Don Juan is busy trying to corrupt the daughter, Pablo hopes to seduce the pastor's frustrated wife. Don Juan momentarily succeeds in causing a rift between

Britt-Marie and her fiance, but then is challenged by the girl's indifference to him. Before Don Juan knows it, it is he who has fallen in love, an act that defies everything the devil represents. THE DEVIL'S EYE is a minor Bergman film, the broad comedy of which may surprise some of the

director's followers. Fearing that viewers might misunderstand the film, Bergman wrote a program note, titled "Dear Frightened Audience," in which he assured them that it was indeed a comedy. Harkening back to his training in the theater, Bergman has divided the film into separate acts, each of

which are introduced, self-reflexively, by a stage actor-narrator (Gunnar Bjornstrand). The videocassette is available in both dubbed and subtitled (Swedish into English) versions.

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