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A Man There Was (1917)

Terje Vigen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 25 April 1920 (USA)
Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Sjöström

Writer:

Henrik Ibsen (by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Sjöström ... Terje Vigen
August Falck August Falck ... The Lord
Edith Erastoff ... The Lady
Bergliot Husberg Bergliot Husberg ... Mrs. Vigen
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Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must decide whether to avenge himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | War

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Country:

Sweden

Release Date:

25 April 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man There Was See more »

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Budget:

SEK60,000 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Title Card: On a barren, remote islet, there lived an odd, grizzled man.
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Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Interesting Mood Piece
19 July 2016 | by OtobokeSee all my reviews

A Man There Was tells the story of Terge Vigen, a Swedish seaman played by director Victor Sjöström who plucks up the courage to take on the British Empire's naval blockade of trade routes which in turn is slowly starving out his small village, wife and child. Set mostly amid the chaotic northern sea and coastlines, Sjöström creates a wonderfully moody and sombre atmosphere throughout filled with strife and tension, an impressive and fitting soundtrack (on the 2008 DVD version), distilled by beautiful intertitles taken from a Henrik Ibsen poem. Although it has its moments and overall is an enjoyable feature, its short runtime, sometimes plodding pacing and lack of significant plotting stop the movie from ever truly taking off beyond being a mere mood piece.


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