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The New Land (1972)

Nybyggarna (original title)
A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Vilhelm Moberg (novel), Bengt Forslund (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid
Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Agneta Prytz ... Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson, hennes son
Tom C. Fouts Tom C. Fouts ... Pastor Jackson
Peter Lindgren ... Samuel Nöjd
Per Oscarsson ... Pastor Törner
Oscar Ljung ... Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström Karin Nordström ... Judit, hans hustru (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson Larry Clementson ... Mr. Abbot
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Storyline

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 1850, 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...

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

26 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La nueva tierra See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 an event. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes, when Karl Oskar is taking the family to the new settlement, the boom mic is visible in the upper left corner for the entire shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kristina: I don't want to rock any more.
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a four episode tv-version, 50min per episode Episode 1: "Hemma vid Ki-Chi-Saga" (At home at Ki-Chi-Saga) Episode 2: "Landet som de förvandlade" (The country they transformed) Episode 3: "Vildkattornas rikedom" (The fortune of the wildcats) Episode 4: "Sista brevet till Sverige" (The last letter to Sweden) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brutal TV: Episode #1.2 (1991) See more »

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On disc at last--Blu-Ray available!
3 September 2017 | by nungman36See all my reviews

In 2016 after years of waiting, Criterion Collection has released this two-part epic in Blu-Ray and standard DVD. For fullest effect, the two segments should be played as in the original, theatrical release: "The Emigrants" entirely in Swedish (with English subtitles), "The New Land" in English. It is in itself quite an achievement that the cast of both is virtually identical yet are competent in the new and old languages. Scandinavian immigrants to the Minnesota Territory in the 1850's--before the US Civil War-- found conditions both familiar and alien. The cold climate was like their native land but the soil of the New World was more fertile and not so stony. It was a place of open spaces and vast pine forests, few towns and no cities to compare with Stockholm or Oslo.

In the story, friendships are tested, some broken over issues of religion. Family life isn't always smooth or predictable. There are generational conflicts. Historical events are alluded to such as the Civil War or depicted, if briefly, like the 1862 uprising of the Eastern Sioux, starving on their Minnesota reservation, with deadly attacks on surrounding settlements until put down by the US Army. Yet the Indian side of the conflict is given play, also, with the emigrants coming to understand that The New Land had belonged to others before them.


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