The Virgin Spring

The Virgin Spring

Max von Sydow
Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
, Birgitta Valberg
Birgitta Valberg
, Birgitta Pettersson
Birgitta Pettersson
Ingmar Bergman

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Overview

Inspired by a medieval Swedish ballad, Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukallan) begins with a scene of unspeakable brutality and ends with an image of uncommon beauty. 15-year-old Birgitta Peterson, on her way to church to light candles for the Virgin Mary, is raped and murdered by two older men. The men look for shelter at the home of Birgitta's father (Max Von Sydow), who murders the bestial killers in cold blood. When the deed is done, Von Sydow, a deeply religious man, begins to question the efficacy of a God that would allow his daughter's death, then permit so bloody a retribution. Then, a fresh, virgin spring bubbles from the ground where his daughter had been lying a few moments before. Taking this natural phenonenon as a sign from above, Von Sydow vows to erect a church on the spot where Birgitta met her doom. The winner of the "best foreign picture" Academy Award, The Virgin Spring currently exists in several versions of varying lengths; the longest, and most graphic, is the original Swedish cut. Believe it or not, this hauntingly beautiful film served as the basis of The Last House on the Left (1972).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2018
UPC: 0715515217811
Original Release: 1960
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 17,003

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration, wiht uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2005 by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene; Interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson; Introduction by fimmaker Ang Lee from 2005; Audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by Bergman; Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Cowie, reflections by Screenwriter Ulla Isaksson from the time of the film's release, and the medieval ballad on which the film is based

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow Herr Tore
Birgitta Valberg Mareta Tore
Birgitta Pettersson Karin Tore
Gunnel Lindblom Ingeri
Axel Duberg Thin Herdsman
Tor Isedal Mute Herdsman
Allan Edwall Beggar
Ove Porath Boy
Axel Slangus Bridge Keeper
Gudrun Brost Frida
Oscar Ljung Simon
Leif Forstenberg Farm-hand

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Producer
Allan Ekelund Producer
Lenn Hjortzberg Asst. Director
P.A. Lundgren Art Director
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Oscar Rosander Editor
Marik Vos-Lundh Costumes/Costume Designer

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