The Virgin Spring 1960
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.

Karin is the lovely and spoiled daughter of a very well-off rural Swedish family with ties to the church. When Karin is appointed by her adoring mother and father to deliver candles to the local priest, she is accompanied by the family's jealous and very pregnant maid, Ingeri, on the journey. However, when Ingeri's worship of Norse god Odin leads to an awkward encounter with a man in the woods, Karin continues on the journey alone, and meets three vagrants on the road. When Karin is raped and murdered by two of the men, who then seek shelter with Karin's family, her father and mother are left with the torturous decision of whether to seek revenge as their hearts' desire or forgive their daughter's killers as god commands.

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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom
Country: Sweden
Genre: Drama

BD50, DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:30:39 | 36.2 Gb + 6.63 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Swedish, English
Subtitles: English

• Audio commentary from 2005 by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
• Interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson (20:33)
• Introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee from 2005 (7:05)
• Audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by Bergman (40:27)
• Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack