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The Devil's Eye (1960)

Djävulens öga (original title)
The devil has a stye in his eye, caused by the purity of a vicar's daughter. To get rid of it, he sends Don Juan up from hell to seduce the 20 year old Britt-Marie and to rob her of her ... See full summary »

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The devil has a stye in his eye, caused by the purity of a vicar's daughter. To get rid of it, he sends Don Juan up from hell to seduce the 20 year old Britt-Marie and to rob her of her virginity and her belief in love. She however can resist him and things get even turned around when Don Juan falls in love with her. The fact that he feels love for the first time now, makes him even less attractive to her and Don Juan returns to hell. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Britt-Marie: It's so tempting. Men almost ask for it. They *want* you to lie to them.
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Ingmar Bergman Goes to Hell
14 April 2016 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Down in Hell, devilishly wicked Stig Jarrel (as Satan) has acquired a sty in his eye. According to an old Irish proverb, "A woman's chastity is a sty in the devil's eye." This painful condition is attributed to a 20-year-old woman on Earth who has decided to remain a virgin until her upcoming wedding night. Satan surmises, we are told (by a helpful on-screen host), that if he can get pretty Bibi Andersson (as Britt-Marie) to sinfully deflower, the Devil will be relieved of his sty. Enter and exit debonair Jarl Kulle (as Don Juan). The legendary lover is serving time in Hell, naturally. His punishment consists of endless seductions without the climactic ending. You may see where this is going...

To wit, Don Juan is sent to Earth where he'll hopefully seduce Ms. Andersson and relieve both himself and the Devil...

Ingmar Bergman begins the comedy with clever direction and settings in Hell. Imagine an old Shakespearian play, with no curtain or audience. The set-up is intriguing and initial trip to Earth heightens anticipation. Then, the story becomes unexpectedly dull. More quaint than clever, Andersson's romantic situation is the main disappointment. Saving the trip is Mr. Kulle's servant Sture Lagerwall (as Pablo), by going after pastor's wife Gertrud Fridh (as Renata). You have to wonder why Richard Burton, a great lover of the Faustian sort, did not re-make the original play as an English language film. Either he couldn't obtain the rights or felt Elizabeth might be unconvincing as the virgin.

******* The Devil's Eye/Djävulens öga (10/17/60) Ingmar Bergman ~ Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, Stig Jarrel, Sture Lagerwall


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