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Bergman was greatly influenced by Akira Kurosawa when he made The Virgin Spring, as evinced in its ominous use of dark and shade and lengthy sequences without dialogue. However, this is more than pastiche. Although the Christian ending with which Bergman feels obliged to conclude the film doesn't quite sit well in a movie in which God is as palpably absent as in any Bergman movie, the slow, remorseless pace of the murder and subsequent retribution bring to mind Krzysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing in their sense of the futility of vengeance. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jon Corelis
My favorite of the pre 1960 Bergman films, this has (once again)
amazing photography by Sven Nykvest. Read more