The Virgin Spring The Virgin Spring

The Virgin Spring

Ingmar Bergman

 
The Virgin Spring (Criterion Blu-Ray)

26 Jun 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Sweden
  • 1960
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  •  
  • 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. With austere simplicity, the director tells the story of the rape and murder of the virgin Karin, and her father Töre’s ruthless pursuit of vengeance against the three killers. 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.

Credits

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

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
  • Interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson
  • Introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee from 2005
  • Audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by Bergman
  • Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film scholar Peter Cowie and screenwriter Ulla Isaksson and the medieval ballad on which the film is based

    Cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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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

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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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