|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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