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Virgin Spring, The ( Jungfrukällan ) (1960) Movie Information

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Ingmar Bergman


Max von Sydow
Birgitta Pettersson
Axel Düberg
Birgitta Valberg
Gunnel Lindblom





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During the early 1500s in Sweden, a young virgin is murdered. The murders ironically seek shelter in the parents home in which a plot of revenge is taken against the sinners.

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mitchellyoung 07/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Virgin Spring is one of Bergman's more linear and complete films, but one that is also steeped in thematic and visual cues. The film's rich layers of redemption and revenge will cause the viewer to ponder long after the film's conclusion. Bergman shoots in a very immediate tone and this brings a sort of banality and nihilistic sadness to the film's events, but the redemptive conclusion is a subtle tearjerker.

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Gustavo² 04/19/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Despido por completo de concessões ao público "mainstream", austero em sua encenação, é das obras mais amargas e herméticas de Bergman, e não particularmente satisfatória.

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philly22 09/15/2007 (5 of 5 found this helpful)

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My favorite Bergman-film. It's... it's so simple, yet so beautiful, striking, haunting, sad, devastating, powerful. It's perfect. Max von Sydow breaks my heart. Ang Lee said that this was his first contact with foreign art house, and it changed his view on film. He said that he was stuck in his seat afterwards, in shock. Pretty much like me.

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Allison 09/14/2007 (1 of 3 found this helpful)

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I saw this right after ol' Bergie died. I think two days. I was planning on seeing it anyway, but Ingmar had to heighten the experience. Anyway, I thought the girl was a brat and that her parents were wrong for sending her so far when there could be bad things in the woods. The ending was not so spectacular, but I thought oh well, okay.

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  Daniel Corleone
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03/14/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Virgin Spring review

Setting is during the medieval era in which a lady requests for a service from a God. Karin (Birgitta Pettersson) was raped and murdered while a servant named Ingeri (Gunnel Lindblom) watches in horror. Her father, Töre (Max von Sydow) and Märeta (Birgitta Valberg) becomes concerned about her whereabouts. A picture that epitomizes serious topics of evil, jealousy, morality, belief, vengeance, forgiveness and religion. The soundtrack was almost non-existent since it focused on the figures on the picture. "Poor mite, live out your miserable life as surely as God allows us to live our life," "God have mercy on me," I don't understand you," and "Only God can judge" are probably a few of the most powerful lines in the film, which relies mostly on the effective screenplay.

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03/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Crime, Punishment and the Grace of God

On the surface, The Virgin Spring seems like a simple story of murder and revenge in medieval Sweden, but beneath this veneer is a battle of old and new religions and the very nature of God.

You think you’re watching a classic good vs. evil, but instead you are treated to shades of grey where right and wrong are blended. You have Ingeri, a “wild woman” – pregnant, invoking Odin, the old god looking unkempt and rough. Then you have Karin, the spoiled, perfect daughter of the house who has no problem getting what she wants while remaining the ideal Christian virgin.

Ingeri is jealous and upset enough to want to curse Karin and her perfect life. Even Karin’s mother harbors some resentment at her daughter because of the relationship she has with her father. A trip to bring candles to...

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