Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 5, 1960

The Virgin Spring (Svensk Filmindustri: Janus), the latest work of Ingmar Bergman (TIME, March 14), is a violently beautiful miracle play, an apocalyptic parable in which good and evil, Christian and pagan powers collaborate in a divine rebirth, the continuous nativity of love.

Derived from a ghastly-lovely medieval ballad (Töres dotter i Vänge), the film tells the story of two sisters, one dark (Gunnel Lindblom) and one fair (Birgitta Pettersson), one serving Wotan and the other Christ, one sunk in nature and the other lost in light. The dark sister hates the fair...

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