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The Virgin Spring

Genres: Foreign, Drama, Medieval Times, Adventure, Criterion Collection, Academy Awards / Oscars, Sweden, Swedish Cinema, Foreign Drama, Period Pieces

Cast: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Synopsis: Winner of the 1961 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring Bergman stalwart and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between the sacred and the profane and one father's longing to avenge the murder of a child.

Language: Swedish

Country of Origin: Sweden

Production Year: 1960


  • "Achieves a tremendous sense of primeval passion and physical power.", The New York Times
  • "A violently beautiful miracle play.", Time
  • "Masterful...Flawless.", Saturday Review
  • "Sven Nykvist's luminous black-and-white photography conspires with the austerity of Bergman's imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge.", Time Out


  • 1961: Nominee, Oscar, Best Costume Design, Academy
  • 1961: Winner, Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy

 The Virgin Spring
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