Central to the plot is a scene of rape, which is quite explicit without showing any nudity above the woman’s thighs. A male character ritually cleanses his body in a mediaeval, Scandinavian manner, by exposing himself to hot steam and beating his naked body with birch branches, and this scene contains partial nudity where everything except the man’s private parts are seen.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


I saw Bergman’s film Virgin Spring last night. The title of the film was introduced by Ang Lee. The film was occasionally shown in Taiwan. Ang Lee was stunned when he was watching it. He claimed that Virgin Spring was the first “literary film” or “virgin film” he saw. “My life will never be the same again.” He said that in the past, when watching movies, everyone played the plot, making people cry and laugh. He didn’t want to have Bergman’s play. This is a film made like a film textbook. The plot is just a small stone thrown into the pond and ripples. It is a place with endless aftertaste. In addition, there are some specific skills of film language, which were later copied by Ang Lee. For example, when the father kneels down and asks God, the director avoids the front of the character (because no matter how rich the expression is, it can’t express the deep sadness and doubt). Shooting from behind the actor with a long lens can well reflect that kind of meditation.

This is also a film that Bergman himself used to be very proud of. Sometimes he even thought it was his best work, but sometimes he also doubted that it was a rotten film with no appearance and a work imitating Japan. He was once infatuated with Akira Kurosawa, just as Ang Lee later became infatuated with him.

However, no matter whether he was modest or his thoughts changed later, the film asked some questions that people have been asking since ancient times, some very confusing questions: if there was God in the world, why would a girl be raped and killed? The girl’s father later took revenge. The Nordic Khan ran to the murderer’s sleeping place, stabbed the knife on the table and sat on the chair like a judge king. After killing the murderer, he came to his daughter’s suffering place and sent the eternal question to heaven.

Perhaps you can say that such a question defeated all the arguments of God’s existence and God’s benevolence, making God an optional role in the development of the story. However, when you want to draw a conclusion of skepticism and negation, the film has a surprising ending. The father vowed to build a church with both hands where his daughter was killed. Where the girl was lying, a spring gushed out like a miracle. It was a baptismal spring. What exactly is Bergman going to say? Maybe he didn’t want to “say” anything, but asked the questions that perplexed the Nordic people and even the whole mankind. Ang Lee said that it is cold in northern Europe, and the Nordic people are more spiritual, so they will explore the open and close issues of life and death, the relationship between man and nature, and the relationship between man and God. Nordic drama is relatively developed, which also has a lot to do with this.

One of the many questions asked in this film often comes into our thinking: why does God allow suffering and tragedy in the world, and why does God allow good people to suffer and evil people to be free? Ang Lee said in his comments that good works only ask good questions, not provide answers. It is to plant problems in your mind and make you remember them from time to time. Just like the fate of King Oedipus in King Oedipus, people will think of the same problem. Under what circumstances could King Oedipus avoid the great mistake of killing his father and marrying his mother without his knowledge? Is there any formula for people to live so that we can avoid disaster? No one can give you the answer except the successful liars. Your same action may bring you peace in one case and disaster in another. For example, it may be pride that causes a tragic hero to fall, but in another situation, it may be our timidity that makes people fall.

We are human beings. We live in our dimension and have no way to see how our destiny is spelled out. Therefore, sometimes we will be like people in a drama. We can’t see what is waiting for us. There is a good statement in the book of job about why innocent people suffer. Job was a righteous man, but he suffered innocently. His three friends said that he must have done something wrong, so he caused trouble. Job thought these three friends were wrong, but he didn’t know why. After being patient, he began to ask God what he suffered all this for? Later, the Lord gave him an answer from the whirlwind. Interestingly, his answer was a series of heavenly questions.

I remember when we were young, our children knew something to show off to adults. In order to combat our pride, adults replied with a rude sentence: do you know where shrimp fart? In other words, you are human. You can only understand the problems in our life with human situation, but the world is bigger than our known world. The secret cave provides an echo for our questions, but we don’t know the wonderful inside. Horatio, how many mysteries between heaven and earth can’t be understood by your philosophy!

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