Jungfrukällan (1960)

Sweden, 1959
89m, 2435 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, Swedish

A Swedish drama with fantasy elements directed by Ingmar Bergman. It has often been claimed that it inspired Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left (1972).

Plot Summary

In 14th century Sweden a young virgin is raped and murdered by a pair of herdsmen after her half-sister has invoked a pagan curse. The murderers seek shelter in the home of their victim's parents who inevitably learn the truth and set out to get their .


Director: Ingmar Bergman
Svensk Filmindustri presents
Production Manager: Carl-Henry Cagarp
Script: Ulla Isaksson
Based on a 13th century legend
Assistant Director: Lenn Hjortzberg
Continuity: Ulla Furås
Director of Photography: Sven Nykvist
Assistant Camera: Rolf Holmquist
Editor: Oscar Rosander
Music: Erik Nordgren
Sound: Aaby Wedin, Staffan Dalin
Sound Effects: Evald Andersson
Aga ljudsystem
Costume Designer: Marik Vos
Make-up: Börje Lundh
Art Director: P.A. Lundgren
Property Master: Karl-Arne Bergman
Locations: Dalarnas län, Sweden; Skattungbyn, Dalarnas län, Sweden; Styggeforsen, Dalarnas län, Sweden
Studio: Svensk Filmindustri, Filmstaden, Råsunda, Stockholms län, Sweden

Max von Sydow (Töre)
Birgitta Valberg (Märeta)
Gunnel Lindblom (Ingeri)
Birgitta Pettersson (Karin)
Axel Düberg (thin herdsman)
Tor Isedal (mute herdsman)
Allan Edwall (beggar)
Ove Porath (boy)
Axel Slangus (bridge keeper)
Gudrun Brost (Frida)
Oscar Ljung (Simon)

Alternative Titles

La fontana della vergine – Italian title
A Fonte da Donzela – Brazilian title
La fuente de la doncella – Argentine title
Jomfrukilden – Danish title
Die Jungfrauenquelle – West German title
El manantial de la doncella – Colombian/Spanish title
Neidonlähde – Finnish title
I pigi ton parthenon – Greek title
La Source – French title
The Virgin Spring

See also
The Last House on the Left (1972)

Extracts included in
Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000)
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007)


Feature Films, -1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.507
References Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.524 – credits