For more than 50 years, Ingmar Bergman produced groundbreaking works of cinema that established him as one of the world's acclaimed, enduring and influential filmmakers.
The Devil's Eye (1960) Bergman's playful take on God, sensuality and female desire was the last film he made with his longtime cinematographer Gunnar Fischer, and attracted much opprobrium from religious groups on its release. The director conjures up legendary lover Don Juan (Jarl Kulle), returned from hell to earth to solve a problem that's literally paining the Devil - the purity of pastor's daughter Britt-Marie (Bibi Andersson). Yet she seems able to resist the lothario's charms, even while her mother is more open to the advances of his bawdy servant, Pablo (Sture Lagerwall). The ensuing struggle makes for a light comedy that nevertheless touches on many of Bergman's favourite themes.
The Virgin Spring (1960) Based on a traditional folk song, Bergman's first collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist explores violence and morality through the lens of Christianity and medieval Sweden's lingering pagan beliefs. Karin (Birgitta Pettersson), the beautiful and generous daughter of a pious farming family, is raped and murdered by thieves on her way to a church, plunging her parents into a chasm of grief and a crisis of faith. When the killers unwittingly choose the farmstead to ask for a bed for the night, however, the chance for bloody revenge reveals itself.