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Release Date:
14 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(16 articles)
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Compelling and frightening See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Max von Sydow ... Töre
Birgitta Valberg ... Märeta
Gunnel Lindblom ... Ingeri

Birgitta Pettersson ... Karin
Axel Düberg ... Thin Herdsman
Tor Isedal ... Mute Herdsman
Allan Edwall ... Beggar
Ove Porath ... Boy
Axel Slangus ... Bridge Keeper
Gudrun Brost ... Frida
Oscar Ljung ... Simon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tor Borong ... Farm-hand
Leif Forstenberg ... Farm-hand

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ulla Isaksson 

Produced by
Ingmar Bergman .... producer (uncredited)
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh  (as Marik Vos)
 
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carl-Henry Cagarp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Staffan Dalin .... sound
Aaby Wedin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Ulla Furås .... script girl
 
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Also Known As:
"Jungfrukällan" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1966) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Norway:16 (1960) (cut) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1994) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Trivia:
Mentioned in the Van Halen song The Seventh Seal.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Ingeri:[First lines] God Odin come... God Odin come... God Odin come...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Are Karin and Ingeri sisters?
Is the original ballad available online?
How do Karin's parents recognize the goat herders as the murderers?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Compelling and frightening, 21 February 2011
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

A powerhouse piece of filmmaking from one of the all-time great directors. This 14th-century exploration of good and evil, morality and chaos, love and revenge is pretty much a faultless viewing experience and one which retains its ability to shock and provoke thought in the viewer even today. I can only imagine what it would have been like to see this on first release.

The story is deceptively simple and yet filled with harrowing imagery. The assault in the woods is difficult to watch, even in these jaded times, and of course Bergman wrings the maximum tension out of it right from the very beginning. The second half is, perhaps, even more tense, with the expectation of impending violence and the strong, subtle filmmaking techniques (think: lots of lurking shadow, religious iconography, haunted faces). The excellent use of black and white photography reminded me of Kurosawa's work on RASHOMON. Max von Sydow holds it all together as the brusque father and family man, but he heads a cast who can do no wrong.

Wes Craven went for a lurid, contemporary remake in LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, but despite the graphic nature of Craven's film I don't think it holds a candle to this one.

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