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The Virgin Spring (1960)

Jungfrukällan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 November 1960 (USA)
An innocent yet pampered 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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Complete credited cast:
... Töre
... Märeta
... Ingeri
... Karin
... Thin Herdsman
... Mute Herdsman
... Beggar
Ove Porath ... Boy
Axel Slangus ... Bridge Keeper
... Frida
... Simon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tor Borong ... Farm-hand
Leif Forstenberg ... Farm-hand
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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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Wes Craven took inspiration in this film to make his horror film The Last House on the Left (1972). See more »

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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: You... shall cross a narrow plank, so narrow you can't find your footing. Below you roars a great river. It's black and wants to swallow you up. But you pass over it unharmed. Before you lies a chasm so deep you can't see the bottom. Hands grope for you, but they can't reach you. At last you stand before a mountain of terror. It spews fire like a furnace, and a vast abyss opens at its feet. A thousand colors blaze there: Copper and iron, blue vitriol and yellow sulfur. Flames dazzle and flash ...
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I wish I could like it more...but I don't.
13 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a pretty straightforward story of violence, revenge , regret, and (presumably) redemption. The characters aren't very deep, the plot is linear and predictable, and I honestly didn't care much for the virginal victim. (Perhaps that was part of the point, that the audience, like Inge, would secretly be hoping for something bad to happen to her, and we share in her guilt when it does). But even if that's so, this movie (for me) doesn't rise to the heights to which some people have raised it. I will watch it again, though, and try to see some of the underlying meanings that have been espoused by some reviewers. But for now, The Seventh Seal stands head and shoulders above The Virgin Spring, at least for me.


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