The Virgin Spring

Ingmar Bergman’s tale of murder, retribution and God’s forgiveness may be the perfect entry point for art-film appreciation — it’s immediately accessible yet genuinely profound. It’s also a compelling miracle story. Max Von Sydow is the proud father who fills himself with a spirit of vengeance that contradicts his newly-adopted Christianity.

The Virgin Spring

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 321

1960 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 90 min. / Jungfrukällan / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 26, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson, Axel Düberg.

Cinematography: Sven Nykvist

Film Editor: Oscar Rosander

Production Designer: P.A. Lundgren

Original Music: Erik Nordgren

Written by Ulla Isaksson

Produced by Ingmar Bergman, Allan Ekelund

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

I can’t help it, but the only ‘miracle’ movies that inspire me to core thoughts of faith and religion are both Scandinavian: Dreyer’s Ordet and this medieval tale from Ingmar Bergman.
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