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.
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Filming took place from June 1969 to January 1970. More takes were filmed in May to August 1970. Liv Ullmann
(Kristina) said that for the two films, this and The New Land
(1972) (Nybyggarna), which were filmed at the same time, the actors had to learn historic methods of laundry, and that the brief scene in The Emigrants where she is on a swing took two days to film. See more
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
This is the story of some people who emigrated to North America from the Swedish province of Småland. The year was 1844. At that time the parish of Ljuder had 1,925 inhabitants. There were 254 farmers who owned their land. 92 tenant farmers and 11 tenement soldiers. 39 persons were artisans. There were also 274 servants, 129 paupers, 60 cripples, 5 halfwits, 3 idiots, 3 whores and 2 thieves. Four men governed the parish by virtue of their spiritual and temporal offices - the deacon of the ...
The USA television version, retitled "The Emigrant Saga", consists of this film plus its sequel, The New Land
, joined and re-edited together in chronological order and dubbed in English. See more