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. With austere simplicity, the director tells the story of the rape and murder of the virgin Karin, and her father Töre’s ruthless pursuit of vengeance, set in motion after the killers visit the family’s farmhouse. 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.
- Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
- Introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee
- An audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by Ingmar Bergman
- A booklet featuring essays by film scholar Peter Cowie and screenwriter Ulla Isaksson, the medieval ballad on which the film is based, and a letter from Ingmar Bergman on the film’s controversial rape scene
- New video interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson