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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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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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Max von Sydow, the father, was/is, in real life, less than 10 years older than Pettersson, the daughter. 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 »

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Beggar: Flying birds find something, sitting birds only find death. I have found both women and churches.
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Brilliant, up there with Ingmar Bergman's best
15 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As part of my Bergman marathon, some for the first time, some for more, I watched The Virgin Spring, and was blown away. The film is not just a stark study of the cruelty and superstition of the Middle Ages but also a very powerful revenge story that is dripping with symbolism, though not too much to overshadow the storytelling. The story may be bleak, this is often considered one of Bergman's bleakest and most hard-hitting films, but always compelling and moving, the ending especially is miraculous. As ever with Bergman, The Virgin Spring is superbly directed and very atmospherically photographed(I did have difficulty believing that this was Sven Nykvist's first collaboration with Bergman, and I mean that as a compliment). It also has a haunting score and a thought-provoking screenplay. The scene with Karin being murdered is harrowing, and I think it really stays with you. The acting also has a lot of intensity, I especially want to single out Max Von Sydow, who is magnetic in presence and equally telling in his facial expressions. Overall, a brilliant film. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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