Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (1960)

In this film, 15-year-old Birgitta Peterson is raped and murdered by two older men. Birgitta's father murders the bestial killers in cold blood. When the deed is done, the father begins to question the efficacy of a God that would allow… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1960
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Sven Nykvist's luminous black-and-white photography conspiring with the austerity of Bergman's imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

Easily lost amid a brilliant career, The Virgin Spring once again shows Bergman's control in capturing the furthest ranges of emotion.

Emanuel Levy

Winner of the Foreign-Language Oscar Picture, the film represents the first peak of Ingmar Bergman's creativity, released right after The Seventh Seal and before Through a Glass Darkly, all three masterpieces.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is far from an easy picture to watch or entirely commend. For Mr. Bergman has stocked it with scenes of brutality that, for sheer unrestrained realism, may leave one sickened and stunned.

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Urban Cinefile

Bergman's instinctive approach to filmmaking %u2013 like his gripping use of long wordless moments filled with pictures of great power, is in evidence, with some unforgettable scenes that even today, almost 50 years later, have fresh impact.

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TV Guide

[Auds] will be rewarded by the depth of the director's moral and religious questioning, the emotional power of the story and acting, the haunting and symbolic imagery, and the excellent black-and-white photography of Sven Nykvist.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The period details are magnificently worked into the narrative, and the pace and economy of the tortured Swede's storytelling make his metaphysics infinitely easier to take.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Masterfully directed by Sweden's Ingmar Bergman.

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Mark Bourne

Although the 'jiggery-pokery' does mute the 'actual, horrible story,' Bergman still poses worthy questions, offering no answers, a key difference between art and baloney, or spirituality and dogmatism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A virginal girl is brutally raped and murdered, and her killers unwittingly take refuge in her parents' home. Simply stated, this is Bergman at his best.… More
Chris Weber
Remade twice (both times under the title The Last House on the Left), this is a drama set in medieval Sweden about a deeply religious man who seeks revenge… More
danny d
easily one of the most devastating films i've ever seen. an all time favorite. the images are penetrating and the film builds tension so well that every… More
Melvin White
One of the most symbolic and emotional movies you will ever see, and more than likely one of the best. Max Von Sydow's performance as the religious and… More
Devon Bott
Ingmar Bergman's films are declarations. Declarations of doubt, declarations of fear. Somehow in his confrontation of death, he tries to find the meaning… More
Conner Rainwater
When it comes to tales of revenge, there are few finer than this. With an incredibly well paced build up, this is one of the most visually disturbing pieces… More

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