The Virgin Spring 06/16/18
Ingmar Bergman’s tale of murder, retribution and God’s forgiveness may be the perfect entry point for art-film appreciation — it’s immediately accessible yet genuinely profound. It’s also a compelling miracle story. Max Von Sydow is the proud father who fills himself with a spirit of vengeance that contradicts his newly-adopted Christianity; Birgitta Pettersson is the happy child who picks the wrong day to carry candles to the church. The excellent extras include incisive interviews with two of the actresses, and forty minutes of articulate Ingmar advice to AFI students. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.