Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)

(2008, directed by Tomas Alfredson)
Let the Right One In

Babe in the Woods

Let the Right One In gives a whole new meaning to “the girl in red” and the hungry beast at the howling door. Inviting the viewer to the dark and crystalline world of a Swedish township in winter, the film is as beautiful as it is chilling. Also a twisted take on the already grim (and Grimm) tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” we meet two children, Oskar and Eli, as they forge an alliance against the “beasts” of their world, both without and within. But when the beast comes knocking, it’s not easy to tell who “the right one” is and who you let in.

Short film: Little Red Riding Hood (1997, Directed by David Kaplan)

Free and open to the public.

Part of the 2017–2018 Schlesinger Library Film Series

Fairy tales are frequently described as magic mirrors for our unseen selves. In them, we find reflected our own waking-life dreams—our happy endings and hopes of fairy tale romance—and our most irresistible nightmares. What does feminist discourse see in its own magic mirrors? This seven-part film series will explore the illuminating, alluring, provocative, polarizing, and playful pas de deux that is currently unfolding between feminism and the fairy tale against the stage of contemporary cinema. Each evening’s feature includes a film short and brief introduction to the programming.

Feminism and the Fairy Tale is curated by Katie Kohn, a doctoral candidate in film and visual studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.