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Actors: Max Von Sydow, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Valberg, Birgitta Pettersson

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Directed by Ingmar Bergman, this film takes place in 14th century Sweden. Karin (Pettersson), the teenaged and virginal daughter of farmer Tore (von Sydow) and Mareta (Valberg), is walking through the forest to take candles to church for Good Friday when she is raped and murdered by a trio of swineherds. A twist of fate brings the killers to the home of the parents in search of food and shelter. When the truth dawns, the father enacts a terrible revenge, about which he feels considerable spiritual confusion. A seemingly simple and stark film, "The Virgin Spring" is especially notable for its camera work: the play of light and shadow, light color and dark, and the time it spends peering closely at faces. Wes Craven stole the plot for his 1972 cult horror film "Last House on the Left" from this 1960 movie.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Based on a swedish ballad of the Middle Ages, THE VIRGIN SPRING (Jungfrukšllan) is a movie directed in 1960 by Ingmar Bergman. The picture won the 1961 Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Karin, the daughter of the farmer Max Von Sydow, is robbed, raped and murdered while riding through the forest. The next night, the three murderers spend the night at Von Sydow's farm. Von Sydow will kill them when he learns the truth.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   middle ages Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   rape Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Scandinavian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex

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