- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 24, 2006
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: Criterion
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- [unspecified] - Swedish
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Introduction: Ang Lee - filmmaker
- Audio Commentary: Birgitta Steene - Ingmar Bergman scholar
- Gunnel Lindblom - Actress
- Birgitta Pettersson
- Essay: film scholar Peter Cowie
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1960 -
Best Foreign Language Film
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2003
"...One of Bergman's most austere films..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/10/2006
"Shot in deceptively gorgeous black and white, this is the rare Bergman film in which the violence is as much physical as psychological." -- Grade: A
USA Today - 07/31/2007
"The film is a seminal, Oscar-winning favorite..."
This haunting story of a father's vengeance after the rape and murder of his daughter was inspired by a medieval ballad. A young girl is intercepted by three herdsmen on her way to church and is subsequently raped and killed by the two older men. Unaware of their hosts' identity, the shepherds unwittingly seek shelter at the home of the girls' parents, a peasant couple. When the father learns what has transpired, he plots his gruesome revenge. This film won director Ingmar Bergman his first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical Release: February 8, 1960 (Sweden); November 14, 1960 (U.S.)
- Filmed on location at Styggeforsen and Skattungsbyn, Sweden, and at Råsunda Studios.
- Winner of the International Critics Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
- The story for THE VIRGIN SPRING was derived from the 14th-century Swedish ballad "Töres Dotter I Vange."
- The movie's rather brutal rape scene was edited for the U.S. release.
- The film was voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the New York Times, the Herald Tribune, the Saturday Review, and Newsweek.