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.