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Nybyggarna (1972)

The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota's forests, during mid 19th century

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Eddie Axberg ...
Pierre Lindstedt ...
Arvid
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Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ...
Ulrika
Hans Alfredson ...
Jonas Petter
Agneta Prytz ...
Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ...
Anders Månsson, hennes son
Tom C. Fouts ...
Pastor Jackson
Peter Lindgren ...
Samuel Nöjd
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Pastor Törner
Oscar Ljung ...
Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström ...
Judit, hans hustru (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson ...
Mr. Abbot
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The continuing saga of the Nilssons - husband and wife Karl-Oskar and Kristina, their several young children with another on the way, Karl-Oskar's younger brother Robert, and some of their extended family members such as Kristina's Uncle Danjel - and several of their Swedish compatriots is presented. This phase of their story begins where their saga in The Emigrants (1971) left off, in the fall of 1950, having just arrived in Minnesota from their native Sweden to begin what they hope will be a better life. They left Sweden because of the harsh and worsening conditions of their farm life, and chose Minnesota based on the stories of many of their Swedish friends who emigrated there before them. While Karl-Oskar goes through the process of setting up their homestead, eighteen year old Robert already has bigger dreams of striking it big in the California gold rush, something he is reluctant to tell Karl-Oskar until he is ready to leave if only having been under Karl-Oskar's guardianship ... Written by Huggo

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From "The Emigrants' dream, come the settlers struggle to survive...

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26 February 1972 (Sweden)  »

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The movie and its prequel The Emigrants (1971) were Oscar nominated on the same year (1972), though in different categories. This is the first and only occurrence of such event. See more »

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Some US $1 bills shown with a design that was not created until 1935, eighty years after the scene takes place. See more »

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Karl-Oskar: [as Kristina dies] Kristina! Stay!
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The continuation of an American saga
20 August 2001 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"The New Land" is the second half of a story started in Troell's "The Emigrants," which depicted the struggles of a band of Swedish peasants in their move to America. Here, several of the settlers- such as the priest and the prostitute- move away in the first half-hour and reappear here and there throughout the rest of the film. The plot focuses on Karl-Oscar, his wife Kristina, and the family they try to raise in the Minnesota wilderness.

Von Sydow and Ullmann are given a chance to embellish on their characters, and they both do excellent work. Axberg also does a fine job of lending more depth to the character of Robert, Karl-Oscar's rebellious younger brother. There is also material worked in that examines the mistreatment (and eventual uprising) of local Native Americans and the futile searches for gold in the north. These other elements do not always seem to fit with the central story, but they effectively add to the sense of time and place anyway.

"The New Land" does not have the same emotional impact that "The Emigrants" had, but it develops the two central characters more and intelligently explores how they learn to adapt to their new life. Put together, these two films convincingly illustrate the plight of those who forged our frontier.


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