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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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The Virgin Spring (1960) **** See more (72 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
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
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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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Additional Details

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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Mentioned in the Van Halen song The Seventh Seal.See more »
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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 »
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Ingeri:[First lines] God Odin come... God Odin come... God Odin come...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Goat Horn (1972)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Virgin Spring (1960) ****, 12 February 2009
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

Now, this was a true work of art. A quietly designed yet devastating story of a religious Medieval family and how their faith becomes challenged when their young daughter is brutally raped and murdered by three derelict brothers. Max von Sydow plays the father who is a God-fearing believer, yet finds himself overcome by his own sweet desire for revenge against those who wronged his little girl.

I am happy to say I appreciated Ingmar Bergman's genius just by this movie alone. It's a visually beautiful piece to look at, but also with a story and strong convictions. So much is said without really needing to go overboard. I can see there is a recurring theme in his work where he questions the existence of God, or at least the complicated ways in which God works things out on Earth. I'm not sure whether Bergman was a full-blooded atheist or not at this point but I'd suspect he was at least a questioning agnostic. I'm sure this is partly why Woody Allen is so enamored with the director, as a similar religious thread runs through some of Allen's own movies. For the record, I am a strong believer in God, though these days I too have been faced with personal issues which have had me having difficulties in understanding, much like the father of THE VIRGIN SPRING. So this movie also touches a personal nerve within me. The performances here are all first-rate, with a special nod to Birgitta Petterson as the friendly and generous young woman who we take an instant liking to, but becomes the victim. What more can I say? An exceptional and deeply-moving film.

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