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The Emigrants (1971)

Utvandrarna (original title)
In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Eddie Axberg ...
Sven-Olof Bern ...
Nils (as Svenolof Bern)
Aina Alfredsson ...
Märta
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Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ...
Ulrika
Pierre Lindstedt ...
Arvid
Hans Alfredson ...
Jonas Petter
Ulla Smidje ...
Inga-Lena, Danjels hustru
Eva-Lena Zetterlund ...
Elin, Ulrikas dotter
Gustaf Färingborg ...
Prosten Brusander
Åke Fridell ...
Aron på Nybacken
Agneta Prytz ...
Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ...
Anders Månsson, hennes son
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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their children even starves to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. They meet a group of farmers with their families planning the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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a new land...a new hope...a new dream

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Jan Troell and Wilhelm Moberg had a disagreement whether the actors should use dialects. Troell wanted all actors to speak Småländska (the dialect spoken in county Småland where the story takes place) while Moberg wanted no dialects. As a compromise Karl-Oskar and Kristina speak with a dialect while many of the others such as Robert and Arvid only speak with a very light accent. See more »

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Black slaves are shown chained to the Lake Erie steamboat leaving Buffalo, New York, circa 1850. Slavery had been abolished in the State of New York since 1827. See more »

Quotes

Kristina: If we refrained, I mean, then there won't be any more children.
Karl Oskar: Refrain? For the rest of our lives? Would we keep ourselves from each other for all our days? I would never be able to, Kristina. Not until I'm so old that spruce moss begins to grow in my beard.
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if you should have the luck of stumbling onto this film at a rental shop, thank Fellini's ghost - grasp it and head for the check out.
26 August 2007 | by (Tallinn/Otepää Estonia) – See all my reviews

Jan Troell, has truly captured the feeling of what inspires people to emigrate and the subsequent hardships that await in the land of hope. True masters of the craft, Sydow and Ullmann, are superb in their performances. They truly pull you into the time, the frame of mind and thus make you feel like you are sharing their voyage. A great film that is everything a film should be - moving. It is a mystery why this film did not win an Oscar for best foreign picture, best actress and best actor - though with all fairness, with both Caberet and The Godfather in the running, it would have required a miracle. If you should have the luck of stumbling onto this film at a rental shop, thank Fellini's ghost - grasp it and head for the check out.


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