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Virgin Spring
Ingmar Bergman Virgin Spring
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Derived from a medieval ballad, THE VIRGIN SPRING was director Ingmar Bergman's first film to win an Academy Award. The movie represents a return to simpler themes for Bergman after the philosophical complexity of THE SEVENTH SEAL and WILD STRAWBERRIES. On its most basic level, it's the story of violent crime violently avenged, but it can also be interpreted as a religious allegory on Christian forgiveness. A young girl, Karin (Birgitta Pettersson), is raped and killed by two herdsman on her way to church. Her foster sister, played by Gunnel Lindblom, witnesses the crime and reports back to Karin's parents (Max von Sydow and Birgitta Valberg) shortly after the perpetrators arrive at the couple's home seeking shelter for the night, unaware of their hosts' identity. Karin's grief-stricken father decides to take brutal revenge on his daughter's murderers. THE VIRGIN SPRING represents Bergman's first full collaboration with director of photography Sven Nykvist, who had previously worked as a co-director of p...
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Director: Ingmar Bergman
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Release Date: February 8, 1960
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Ulla Isaksson
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 28min
Studio: The Criterion Collection, AB Svensk Filmindustri
Lunch Average Rating: +4.1 (7 ratings)
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