Bergman at 100: Wild Strawberries & The Virgin Spring (Double Feature)

Wild Strawberries (restored) 

(Sweden/1957—directed by Ingmar Bergman) 

While traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—played masterfully by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, both accessible and universal in its power to move us, remains one of Bergman’s most widely acclaimed and influential films. (92 min.) 

“The screen has never been used with greater art or for more humane ends.”-Robert Hatch, The Nation 

 

The Virgin Spring (restored) 

(Sweden/1960—directed by Ingmar Bergman) 

Bergman’s first Academy Award® Winner (Best Foreign Language Film), The Virgin Spring is a brilliantly stylized and deeply harrowing allegory of faith, crime and revenge in medieval Sweden. Starring Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, The Virgin Spring is both luminously beautiful and unblinkingly savage in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity; it is, above all, a portrait of one father’s need to avenge the fate of his beloved child. (89 mins.) 

“Luminous… Creates an extraordinary metaphysical charge.” –Time Out New York 

 

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