Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film 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 Criterion Collection
The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
Call it a masterpiece is doing an understatement. That one scene when Von Sydow is with his back turning to us it's just the most powerful scene in whole movie where Bergman tries to establish a reflexive distance between us and the character and its dilemma. The lack of emotion it's a way to not feel connected and be able to think without being conditioned by any cinematography trick such as the reverse shot.
Criterion presents a sumptuous edition of master director Ingmar Bergman’s harrowing tale of revenge and redemption in 14th century Sweden. One of the most visually beautiful of all black-and-white… read review
Set in medieval Sweden, The Virgin Spring (Bergman, 1960) tells the story of Karin, a girl who is raped and murdered by three herdsmen, and of her father’s subsequent revenge when these arrive by chance… read review
The Virgin Spring was the second Bergman film I was ever acquainted with, after The Seventh Seal and I must say that there are a few similarities that one can discover between these two… read review