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14 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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(17 articles)
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Masterpiece. 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:
The script is based on the medieval Swedish ballad "Per Tyrssons döttrar i Vänge".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:
Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Are Karin and Ingeri sisters?
How do Karin's parents recognize the goat herders as the murderers?
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72 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece., 14 November 2004
Author: Snake-666 from England

Legendary Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman's probable precursor to Wes Craven's notorious 1972 shocker 'The Last House on the Left' is a far more compelling and emotionally draining film that adroitly and continuously switches the viewers sentiments up until the despondent, tranquil and haunting ending. While one minute the viewer is laughing along with the youthful, if naïve, exuberance of the young Karin (Birgitta Petterssen), the following minute will encourage different emotions as Bergman plunges the viewer into the middle of a nightmarish crime perpetrated by nothing less than the evil inside man. Although the portrayals of the acts committed in 'The Virgin Spring' are far less graphic than the modern viewer may have become accustomed to, they still retain an immense power to horrify as one cannot ignore the great lengths Bergman has gone to in order to give his characters a base in order to harden the impact of what we see. With just the simplest of dialogue, the viewer continues to learn about the relationships and personalities of each of the characters so that we may appreciate the consequences and, in some ways, forgive the actions that we see. This film is, after all, a tale of morality and repentance and therefore, even while in some cases the actions may be evil, it is necessary to accept the goodness that is still there. This thought is made no clearer than during the solemn and subdued final scene which fades out abruptly and leaves the viewer in a state of quiet reflection.

Bergman's pacing and subtle direction which at one point leaves the viewer in suspense for what seems like an eternity is surely the reason for the greatness of this film. As if he were playing chess, he manipulates not only the characters, but the emotions of the viewers with intelligent and surprising maneuvers while pressing home his own sentiments regarding the story so that we may at least take into great consideration the events that we have seen. Bergman has an amazing ability to flip the atmosphere of a movie in a split second using various lighting and camera angle techniques as well as motivating his performers to follow suit. The simple expression changes on the faces of Birgitta Petterssen, Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg and Gunnel Lindblom at various points throughout the film quickly alter the mindset of the viewer and indicate that all is not well; so beautiful in undeniable simplicity.

'The Virgin Spring' is nothing short of a masterpiece and a film that few will be able to forget. 9½/10

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