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The Virgin Spring

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Derived from a medieval ballad, THE VIRGIN SPRING was director Ingmar Bergman's first film to win an Academy Award. The movie represents a return to simpler themes for Bergman after the philosophical complexity of THE SEVENTH SEAL and WILD STRAWBERRIES. On its most basic level, it's the story of violent crime violently avenged, but it can also be interpreted as a religious allegory on Christian forgiveness. A young girl, Karin (Birgitta Pettersson), is raped and killed by two herdsman on her way to church. Her foster sister, played by Gunnel Lindblom, witnesses the crime and reports back to Karin's parents (Max von Sydow and Birgitta Valberg) shortly after the perpetrators arrive at the couple's home seeking shelter for the night, unaware of their hosts' identity. Karin's grief-stricken father decides to take brutal revenge on his daughter's murderers. THE VIRGIN SPRING represents Bergman's first full collaboration with director of photography Sven Nykvist, who had previously worked as a co-director of photography on SAWDUST AND TINSEL.

    Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1960

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1621D

  • Credits
    Max Von Sydow, Max von Sydow, Brigitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom
  • Critic Reviews
    "...One of Bergman's most austere films..."
    Sight and Sound

    "Shot in deceptively gorgeous black and white, this is the rare Bergman film in which the violence is as much physical as psychological." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "The film is a seminal, Oscar-winning favorite..."
    USA Today

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