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The Virgin Spring

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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.

“Sven Nykvist’s luminous black-and-white photography conspires with the austerity of Bergman’s imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge.” – Time Out London

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 all-consuming need to avenge the shocking death of his daughter. Controversial at the time of its release, the film also inspired Wes Craven’s uncredited, equally-polarizing 1972 horror remake, The Last House on the Left. (Dir. by Ingmar Bergman, 1960, Sweden, in Swedish with English subtitles, 90 mins., Not Rated)