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The Devil’s Eye

(Djävulens öga)

Digital Restoration
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick


Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, Nils Poppe, Gertrud Fridh,

Bergman called this film “my little game . . . for the amusement of the beloved and feared audience.” To the supposed Irish proverb “A woman’s chastity is a sty in the devil’s eye,” the denizens of hell (where the film opens) add another: “Marriage is hell’s pièce de résistance.” To cure the devil’s ocular problems, his minions—Don Juan and his cohort Pablo—are sent to the earthly home of a naive parson whose daughter is about to enter marriage as a virgin. Don Juan sets to work, but this being Bergman, and the daughter being Bibi Andersson, for the first time feels the sufferings of love and, worse, a woman’s pity. The parson and his wife take their own lesson in love, though the moral of this tale is anything but romantic: “Love shields one from . . . nothing.” Now hell holds a new futility. 

Judy Bloch
  • Ingmar Bergman
Based On
  • the play Don Juan vender tilbage (Don Juan Returns) by Oluf Bang

  • Gunnar Fischer
  • Swedish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 86 mins
  • Janus Films

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Ingmar Bergman's magic lantern: life as art in retrospect (program note), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Ulrike Rainer, 1988

The devil's eye (distributor materials), Janus Films, 1973

Djävulens öga (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, T.M., 1963

The devil's eye (review), Filmfacts, Paul V. Beckley, 1961

Djavulens oga (review), Variety, Fred Schader, 1960

Bergman's heel (review), Bosley Crowther

Sugar-coated bedbug (review)

Illuminating Ingmar Bergman (program note), Pacific Film Archive

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