Best foreign language film of 1961, “The Virgin Spring” will be at the Loft Theater on June 6 at 1 p.m., and Tuesday June 8 at 7 p.m. Admission is free (but $5 donations are suggested) for these Essential Cinema monthly films.
“Legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman won his first Oscar for this cruel but unsensational medieval allegory, a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in 13th century Sweden. Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity, and of one father’s need to avenge the death of a child.”
In Swedish with English subtitles (thank goodness), 89 minutes long.
Inspired Wes Craven’s controversial 1972 shocker, “The Last House on the Left.”
The Loft Theater is at 3233 E. Speedway, east of Country Club Rd.
Essential Cinema is sponsored by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.