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Virgin Spring [Director-Approved Special Edition] [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 01/24/2006
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Inspired by a medieval Swedish ballad, Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukallan) begins with a scene of unspeakable brutality and ends with an image of uncommon beauty. 15-year-old Birgitta Peterson, on her way to church to light candles for the Virgin Mary, is raped and murdered by two older men. The men look for shelter at the home of Birgitta's father (Max Von Sydow), who murders the bestial killers in cold blood. When the deed is done, Von Sydow, a deeply religious man, begins to question the efficacy of a God that would allow his daughter's death, then permit so bloody a retribution. Then, a fresh, virgin spring bubbles from the ground where his daughter had been lying a few moments before. Taking this natural phenonenon as a sign from above, Von Sydow vows to erect a church on the spot where Birgitta met her doom. The winner of the "best foreign picture" Academy Award, The Virgin Spring currently exists in several versions of varying lengths; the longest, and most graphic, is the original Swedish cut. Believe it or not, this hauntingly beautiful film served as the basis of The Last House on the Left (1972). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Disc #1 -- The Virgin Spring

1. Ingeri [3:49]
2. Prayers and Morning Chores [5:47]
3. A Malicious Gesture [1:58]
4. Spoiled Karin [6:26]
5. Traveling to Church [4:32]
6. Karin and Ingeri [4:06]
7. The Old Man in the Woods [4:17]
8. Three Goatherds [3:30]
9. Princess Karin [2:13]
10. Tragedy [7:01]
11. Keeping Watch [1:43]
12. Hospitality [7:58]
13. Frightening Words [4:31]
14. Märeta Worries [5:09]
15. The Truth/Ingeri's Confession [4:50]
16. Preparations [3:53]
17. Töre's Revenge [9:14]
18. Journey to the Site [3:21]
19. Töre's Vow [2:38]
20. The Virgin Spring [2:28]
1. Paganism and Christianity [3:49]
2. Ingeri [5:47]
3. Adapting the Ballad [1:58]
4. A Psychological Framework [6:26]
5. Family Dynamics/Cinematography [4:32]
6. Believability [4:06]
7. Religious Practices [4:17]
8. Dalecarlia [3:30]
9. Personal Reasons [2:13]
10. The Power of the Rape Scene [7:01]
11. The Boy [1:43]
12. Critique [7:58]
13. The Child Sees/Close-Ups [4:31]
14. Film and Theater [5:09]
15. Ritual and Influence [4:50]
16. Purification and Retribution [3:53]
17. Reception/Classical Period [9:14]
18. Atonement [3:21]
19. Anachronism/The Miracle [2:38]
20. Communication and Participation [2:28]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • MPAA Rating:
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 89 minutes
  • Sound: dd1
  • Format: Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 715515017121
  • Product ID: 2561294
  • Genre: Drama

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