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The Virgin Spring (1960) More at IMDbPro »Jungfrukällan (original title)

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The Virgin Spring -- Starring Max von Sydow, The Virgin Spring is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity, and of one father’s need to avenge the death of a child.
The Virgin Spring -- Interviews with actresses Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson.
The Virgin Spring -- Introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee. (Please note: this interview reveals key plot points.)

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Release Date:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(17 articles)
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Experienced Rather Than Watched See more (75 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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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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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 »
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How does the Swedish title 'Jungfrukallen' translate?
What is 'The Virgin Spring' about?
Is the original ballad available online?
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30 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Experienced Rather Than Watched, 21 February 2003
Author: postmanwhoalwaysringstwice from usa

Sometimes Bergman's films, though full-fledged masterpieces (I AM NOT DISCREDITING HIM), are visual expressions seen with the screen as a wall between the viewer and the characters. I think that wall was taken down with "The Virgin Spring". Here he tells an emotionally intense story at the perfect pace with perfect pitch. No matter how horrific the occurrences on the screen, this film has been created with such an aesthetically appealing touch that the dichotomies and balance Bergman works towards is evident. Terrific!

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