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The Virgin Spring

Ingmar Bergman

 
The Virgin Spring (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • Sweden
  • 1960
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #321

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity, and of one father’s need to avenge the death of a child.

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
ScreenplayUlla Isaksson
CinematographySven Nykvist
EditingOscar Rosander
ProducerIngmar Bergman
MusicErik Nordgren
Production designP.A. Lundgren
Costume designMarik Vos

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
  • New video interviews with actresses Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson
  • Introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee
  • An audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by Bergman
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A 28-page booklet featuring essays by film scholar Peter Cowie and screenwriter Ulla Isaksson, the medieval ballad on which the film is based, and a letter from Bergman on the film’s controversial rape scene

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

The Virgin Spring: Bergman in Transition

By Peter Cowie January 23, 2006

Ingmar Bergman was enjoying one of the happiest spells of his life while making The Virgin Spring (1960). On a personal level, he was felicitously ensconced in his fourth marriage, to the . . . Read more »

Clippings

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The Magic of Max von Sydow

November 17, 2015

Max von Sydow has spent the past six decades cultivating one of cinema’s most illustrious careers, and now, at eighty-seven, the Swedish actor “may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Thirty Years of the Austin Film Society: An Interview with Richard Linklater

By Hillary Weston November 04, 2015

Linklater circa 1990 In 1985, six years before the release of Slacker, Richard Linklater's iconic portrait of a generation, the Texan filmmaker founded the Austin Film Society. The group began . . . Read more »


Video


Flashbacks

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Flashback: Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Fischer

By Peter Cowie June 11, 2015

The author recalls the two great cinematographers and their work. Read more »


Photo Galleries


On Five

Ang Lee on Ingmar Bergman

By Peter Becker October 12, 2007

From an interview with Ang Lee in the Northwest Asia Weekly: NWAW: Two years ago, you recorded an introduction for the Criterion Collection DVD of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, a film that . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Virgin Spring: Bergman in Transition

By Peter Cowie January 23, 2006

Ingmar Bergman was enjoying one of the happiest spells of his life while making The Virgin Spring (1960). On a personal level, he was felicitously ensconced in his fourth marriage, to the . . . Read more »

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