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The Virgin Spring (1960)

Jungfrukällan (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 14 November 1960 (USA)
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.

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Birgitta Valberg ...
Märeta
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Karin
Axel Düberg ...
Thin Herdsman
Tor Isedal ...
Mute Herdsman
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Beggar
Ove Porath ...
Boy
Axel Slangus ...
Gudrun Brost ...
Frida
Oscar Ljung ...
Simon
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Storyline

Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of wealthy land-owning parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Trivia

The script is based on the medieval Swedish ballad "Per Tyrssons döttrar i Vänge". See more »

Goofs

After seating himself in the room where the three drifters are asleep, Tore drives the point of his dagger into a table with a loud thump. It defies belief that none of the drifters were awakened by this. See more »

Quotes

Märeta: If you always get your way, you'll please the devil so much that the saints will punish you with boils.
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Experienced Rather Than Watched
21 February 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Sometimes Bergman's films, though full-fledged masterpieces (I AM NOT DISCREDITING HIM), are visual expressions seen with the screen as a wall between the viewer and the characters. I think that wall was taken down with "The Virgin Spring". Here he tells an emotionally intense story at the perfect pace with perfect pitch. No matter how horrific the occurrences on the screen, this film has been created with such an aesthetically appealing touch that the dichotomies and balance Bergman works towards is evident. Terrific!


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