Bergmann film scores 4.3 out of 5

Ingmar Bergmann’s masterpiece from the 1960’s, “The virgin Spring”. scored 4.3 points out of 5 from the audience at the recent showing by the Barossa Film Club. In lesser hands, this somewhat grim tale of rape and revenge would have been sensational and uncomfortable to watch. Bergmann dealt with it in a totally non-exploitative manner, and created a cinematic masterpiece with some excellent performancs from his cast. The style of acting was typical of its era, slightly theatrical and mannered by modern standards, but no less empathetic for the audience. Bergmann fully deserved his first Academy Award, and the audience agreed with the honour.