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The Devil's Eye

A seldom-shown, strikingly atypical film by Ingmar Bergman (1960), this is a broad, rather heavy farce in which Don Juan is sent by the devil to seduce that paragon of Swedish respectability, a country parson's daughter. The first part of the film, set in a stylized hell, is a witty, arch symposium on seduction techniques, as Don Juan is briefed for his mission by a panel of legendary rakes, but Bergman reverts to his customary naturalism for the earth-level sequences, and the action turns turgid. With Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, and Gunnar Bjornstrand. In Swedish with subtitles. 87 min.

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