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The Virgin Spring (Criterion Collection)

Max von Sydow , Birgitta Valberg , Ingmar Bergman    Unrated   DVD
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deservedly considered one of the greatest films May 23 2013
Deservedly one of the of the most famous of all films, Ingmar Bergmann's bleak and tragic tale of rape, murder and revenge, based on a medieval folk ballad, is shocking, riveting, and unforgettable. A serious, heavy film, but one everyone should see. Unrated in the US, but definitely not for children: though the violence is not clinically graphic, it's presented so effectively that it's more shocking than the explicit violence you see in many later films. In black and white, which in this case actually makes the film more effective. The Criterion DVD transfer is as usual excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of Bergman's work from the 1950s April 18 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
My favorite of the pre 1960 Bergman films, this has (once again)
amazing photography by Sven Nykvest. It also boasts one of Max Von
Sydow's most powerful performances - which is saying a lot.

Set in a medieval world like 'The Seventh Seal', but here the questions
of guilt, god, right and wrong are simpler and less symbolic, and to me
ring truer and more emotional.

Not that the film doesn't have it's fair share of symbolism. This is
still Bergman. But those symbolic gestures feel more a part of a larger
story. instead of the point.

Some of the supporting performances aren't quite up to Von Sydow's and
a couple of key moments felt a bit contrived, but this is a very tense,
intense, disturbing and emotional look at one family from another time
dealing with issues that are still all too familiar. Indeed there's
almost a feeling of horror film about it at moments, and it is,
amazingly, sighted as the uncredited basis for Wes Craven's 'The Last
House on the Left'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Experience March 24 2004
By 10za
Format:VHS Tape
Great photography!
Great Acting!
Great Story!
You will find yourself lost in this story about a father's revenge. The actors never let you think for a minute that you are not watching an actual film of medieval times.
There are a couple of very violent and disturbing scenes that are necessary for the story. All the lead actors are great. I especially liked the performance of the pregnant brunet girl who is jealous of Karin.
The filming makes you feel as if you are recalling a long forgotten memory or dream. Don't pass up the chance to see this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Von Sydow & Ingmar Bergman at Their Best. Sept. 17 2001
By "vjer5"
Format:VHS Tape
This is the only foreign movie to win an Academy Award. Its in stark black and white during Medieval times. Lots of Pagan imagery.
Max comes across as the Norse god Odin full of vengeance. He's
down right scary when he goes after the 3 who raped and murdered his beautiful daughter.
You won't be able to take your eyes off that scene, or the rest of the movie for that matter.
This movie is an A+
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