Tag Archives: Jan Troell
Här har du ditt liv / Here Is Your Life (1966) Jan Troell, Eddie Axberg, Gudrun Brost, Ulla Akselson, Drama
Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Eyvind Johnson, Here’s Your Life tells the story of a working-class boy coming of age in rural Sweden during the first World War.
The Emigrants / Utvandrarna (1971) Jan Troell, Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Drama, History
Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd / The Flight of the Eagle (1982) Jan Troell, Max von Sydow, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Göran Stangertz, Adventure, Biography, Drama
The New Land / Nybyggarna (1972) Jan Troell, Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Drama, Western
This film continues from where The Emigrants / Utvandrarna (1971) left off. Starting a new life in the New World from almost nothing is not easy. The winters and summers are more extreme than in the Old World. But the immigrants are rewarded for their hard work. They now live a better life than they did in Sweden. Bad times also come, however. The civil war starts and the Sioux Indians make a bloody uprising against the white settlers. Karl-Oskar’s family survives all these. His brother, Robert, decides to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California. He never reaches California but acquires some fortune from his boss who dies of yellow fever on the way to the gold fields. An immigrant Swede dupes him of this fortune. Robert returns to his brother where he dies from a disease contracted on the trip. Kristina, whose thoughts never leave Sweden, has several more births and gets pregnant again against the advice of her doctor. This last pregnancy kills her. The children grow up and take over the farm. Karl-Oskar becomes old and lonely. He spends his last days dreaming of his youth in the Old World.
Ole dole doff / Who Saw Him Die? (1968) Jan Troell, Per Oscarsson, Ann-Marie Gyllenspetz, Kerstin Tidelius, Drama
Knut Hamsun is Norway’s most famous and admired author. Ever since he was young he has hated the English for the starvation they caused Norway during WWI. When the Germans occupy Norway on April 9, 1940, he welcomes them and the protection they can give from Great Britain. He supports the national socialist ideals, but opposes the way these ideals are turned into action – that Norwegians are jailed and executed. His wife Marie travels in Germany during the war as a sign of support from Knut and herself.