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The Virgin Spring (1960)

Jungfrukällan (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Tor Borong ...
Farm-hand
Leif Forstenberg ...
Farm-hand
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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

Inspired by "Rashomon" by Akira Kurosawa. See more »

Goofs

If you look closely when the boy is placing dirt on Karin's body, you can see her torso move as the actress breathes (even though she was supposed to be dead). See more »

Quotes

Bridge Keeper: I hear what I want and see what I want. I hear what mankind whispers in secret and sees what they think no one sees. You can hear for your self, if you wills like me. Just listen!
Ingeri: What is it that thunders outside?
Bridge Keeper: Three dead men rode north.
[laughs menacingly]
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Moving Masterpiece
21 April 2000 | by (Brocktroit, Massatucky) – See all my reviews

Brilliant, tragic, heartfelt story that will move all who see it...and it certainly is a must for anyone serious about film. I originally wanted to see it because I admire the work of Max von Sydow. Acting, directing, story, cinematography simply flawless. Haunting and superb.


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