The Virgin Spring

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  1. Noto

    Noto Guest

    Yeah, I don't think I could recommend The Seventh Seal enough.
     
  2. RyanPC

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    Thanks for the recommendations, guys. :)

    By the way, in case any of you are interested in reading this, I typed up the ballad upon which The Virgin Spring is based. Apparently, this can also be found in the booklet that comes with the Criterion DVD, but I took this from the book on the making of Last House on the Left:

    TORE'S DAUGHTER IN VANGE

    Tore's daughter, of Vange town,
    She sleeps too long in her bed of down
    She oversleeps the morning mass,
    May God have mercy on this churchgoing lass!

    Lady Mareta climbs up to the loft
    -The forest was wet and cold-
    Her daughter Karin she wakens so soft
    -And the buds on the trees unfold-

    "Rise up my daughter, be not slow;
    Thou shalt to church in Kaga go."

    Noble Karin sat on her bed,
    Binding her locks with a ribbon red.

    Noble Karin donned her silken shift,
    The work of fifteen maiden's fingers swift.

    Noble Karin slipped over her head
    The lovely skirts with the golden thread.

    Noble Karin donned her cloak of blue,
    Now to leave for church she was due.

    In the midst of the forest gloom
    Three herdsmen in her path did loom.

    "Either thou serve as our herdsmens' wife
    Or thou shalt lose thy young life."

    "Do not try thy force on me,
    Or my father will deal with thee."

    "Neither thy father nor thy kin do we fear,
    After we slay thee we shall not be here."

    First she became the herdsmen's wife
    Then she lost her budding young life.

    They led her by her golden hair
    Into a grove of birches fair.

    By her golden hair so free
    They pinned her against a fallen tree.

    From her body they cut her golden head,
    A spring welled forth where the girl lay dead.

    They stripped her body of clothes and gold,
    Filled their bags with all they could hold.

    In a shallow grave they lay her down
    And took her clothes to the nearby town.

    By chance they followed the same way
    That Noble Karin had taken that day.

    They walked so long and the path was the same
    That to Vange the herdsmen came.

    They came to the house on Sir Tore's lands.
    Waiting at the door Sir Tore stands.

    "You look so warm in your coat of fur,
    We herdsmen are cold, can you shelter us, sir?"

    Into his house of stone he did lead
    The herdsmen, and offered wine and mead.

    Sir Tore for his daughter yearned
    Why has his Karin not returned?

    Before Lady Mareta went up to bed
    She turned to look when a herdsman said:

    "Do you want to buy a silken shift,
    Surely the work of nine maidens swift?"

    When the garment he did show
    The mother's heart filled with woe.

    Lady Mareta went to her husband's room
    To bring him tidings of Karin's doom.

    "Wake up my lord, I tell of slaughter
    The herdsmen have slain thy beautiful daughter.

    "Her bloodied shift the herdsmen possess
    Anguish upon my heart does press."

    Into the hall ran the noble lord,
    Under his cloak a naked sword.

    He killed the first, and the second too,
    And then the third he also slew.

    Then Sir Tore threw down his sword
    "Have mercy on my deed, dear Lord."

    "How shall I atone for the deed so gory?
    I shall build a church of stone to Thy glory."

    "That, we shall willingly do,"
    -The forest was wet and cold-
    "Let the Karna church be my penance true."
    -And the buds on the trees unfold-


    Great stuff. :)
     
  3. Luna

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    I'll third The Seventh Seal and add in:

    The Silence
    Hour of the Wolf
     
  4. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    If you like Mozart or opera, there's also the oddity of Bergman's Magic Flute to check out! (although it's hardly essential viewing or representative of his work at all).

    I'm watching Persona at the moment because I have a test in film genre studies tomorrow, and it's being used as an example of the debatable non-genre of the "art film".

    In retrospect, I was way to young for Bergman when I saw the Virgin Spring and Winter Lights. That doesn't mean I'm anxious to revisit Lights, but Persona has been consistently stunning for the last 30 minutes or so. Unfortunately, and because I am a bad student, I have way too much material to go through and it's depressingly late, so I won't be able to finish it tonight. Better start making my way over to This is Spinal Tap, which is also a part of the course ...

    ps. isn't swedish a gorgeous language? I could listen to these people talk for hours. Maybe I'll just call my relatives over there and ask them to talk for a while :p
     
  5. KamuiX

    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    Best Bergman films for you to track down:

    Cries and Whispers
    Persona
    Hour of the Wolf
    Through a Glass Darkly
    Autumn Sonata


    Although pretty much any Bergman is well worth your time, he's brilliant :)
     
  6. maybrick

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    I recommend:

    The Virgin Spring
    Wild Strawberries
    The Seventh Seal
    The Magician
     
  7. KR~!

    KR~! The Apocalyptic Kid

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    what no The Seventh Seal?

    But, yes pretty much everything.
     
  8. KamuiX

    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    It's great too, but I actually like those 5 better...I generally find myslef liking Bergman's films concerning peoples relationships with one another or themselves more than his other films.
     
  9. KR~!

    KR~! The Apocalyptic Kid

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    I like darker films more.
     
  10. DrHerbertWest

    DrHerbertWest For Your Health

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    I hated Hour Of The Wolf.
     
  11. KamuiX

    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    All those films are rather darker...darker IMO than The Seventh Seal. Through a Glass Darkly, Autumn Sonata, and Cries and Whispers all leave you feeling as if you've been punched in the gut, and Hour of the Wolf and Persona are pretty disturbing in an abstract way.
     
  12. KR~!

    KR~! The Apocalyptic Kid

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    to each their own, different people have different ideas of what dark means.

    I am not going to argue.

    anyway, here my my favorites:

    The Seventh Seal
    Wild Strawberries
    Through a Glass Darkly
    The Silence
     

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