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The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)

Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (original title)
A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

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Victor Sjöström
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Cast

Credited cast:
Victor Sjöström ... Berg-Ejvind
Edith Erastoff ... Halla
John Ekman ... Arnes
Jenny Tschernichin-Larsson ... Gudfinna
Artur Rolén ... Farmhand
Nils Aréhn ... Björn
William Larsson William Larsson ... Bjarni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sigurd Wallén
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Storyline

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they flee and become two of the many outlaws of Iceland's mountains. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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stranger | widow | thief | farm | outlaw | See All (17) »

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Country:

Sweden

Release Date:

1 January 1918 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlaw and His Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

Nuolja, Abisko, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

SEK 100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Svenska Biografteatern AB See more »
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Runtime:

| (2013 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edith Erastoff was pregnant with daughter Guje Lagerwall while making this movie. Guje was born shortly after the film's New Year's Day premiere. See more »

Quotes

Arnes: Have you ever seen such fine lichen? I have a whole bagful. It tastes delicious boiled in milk.
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Featured in Victor Seastrom (1981) See more »

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En saga, op. 9
Composed by Jean Sibelius (1892)
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Quite well made....and I could have sworn it was Iceland!
24 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's hard to imagine, but only a few years before this film debuted, most films were only a few minutes long. And, full-length films really were a pretty new thing. So, to see a long, complex and cinematic film like "You and I" shows just how far the industry had grown. Victor Sjöström plays a man who is on the run from the law. Years earlier, he'd been sent to prison for stealing a sheep to feed his family and he'd eventually broken out of a tiny make-shift prison in Iceland. The film picks up when he's on the run in the interior of the country--looking for work and hoping no one recognizes him. In the process, a woman takes him in to work on her farm and eventually the two fall in love....at about the time the law shows up to claim him. The two run off together and live in the inhospitable wilds for the next 17 years (yikes). Exactly what happens is something you'll just need to see for yourself--but it does have some nice surprises.

The film is well worth seeing mostly for the nice acting and cinematography. Interestingly, in addition to starring in the film, Sjöström directed and co-wrote this film--and the look of the film can clearly be attributed to him. I also appreciate how he was able to recreate the look of Iceland nicely by apparently filming in the middle of no where AND in pretty inhospitable weather. A very good film--and it has some nice things to say about crime and punishment.


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