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.
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The same year as The Virgin Spring—to which this played as a much-needed comic palate cleanser on a double bill—Bergman indulged his love of farce. It's a small, minor delight, but it isn't purely a lark: it etches the necessity of sin for wisdom and the humane nobility of both desiring the light and having a bit of the devil in you. Bergman territory, for sure, and it makes a point just when you think it'll go poof.
**1/2. Minor Bergman. I just hope that Ingmar Bergman didn't think that his movie would become the Don Juan reference in the cinematic domain. There's no Mozart, Molière or Tirso De Molina peer to be seen here. Almost already forgotten.
A seemingly minor work by Bergman but one that stuns with its wit, the humor, the existential bleakness and the self-mockery of God, Devil, Bergman himself and cinema. Don Juan and Pablo ooze with seduction and Bergman makes this an opportune vehicle for his inversions to genuine love and jealousy to function. The shots, as expected, are expertly crafted and speak volumes in terms of philosophical acumen. Wonderful!
Not that Devil-ish but a fine interpretation and pleasantly funny moments. Bergman's complex study in love / sentimental relationships is once more brought up on screen in this black comedy. Actors gathered for the occasion are at the top of their range.