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Sweden drama 1960 bw 88 min.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
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1 disc, catalog # CC1429L

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Ingmar Bergman won his first Oscar for this exquisitely composed film, one of his most famous works. Based on a 14th-century legend, The Virgin Spring exposes the cruelty and superstition of the medieval world. In the heartwrenching story, a devout girl is raped and murdered by herders on her way to church. When her attackers seek shelter at her home, their crime is discovered and a bloody vengeance exacted. With direct and powerful imagery, Bergman and cinematographer Sven Nykvist portray a society on the cusp between paganism and Christianity. Throughout, they expertly shift our focus from the era's dark, brutal passions to the bright, healing powers of reconciliation.

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