In the early eighteenth century a blacksmith is innocently condemned to death for stealing silver. When the local executioner in anger kills a woman, the blacksmith gets a chance to escape the death penalty - by stepping in as executioner.
In the early eighteenth century a blacksmith is innocently condemned to death. When the local executioner in anger kills a woman prisoner, the blacksmith gets a chance to escape the death penalty by becoming the new executioner. He falls in love with a lovely young harlot, buys her contract, and marries her. When she sets one of his prisoners free, his life is forfeit.
Well now, knacker. Now your master has taken the law into his own hands. Then you not only loose your tonge and get it cut out. You drop your head as well.
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Middle Ages Now!
In 2010 this film was released on DVD in Iceland under this title. Hrafn Gunnlaugsson shows us the story of the blacksmith from the 17th century (truely from Early Modern times, but that's no problem here, because the director shows us Europe as traditional society). By the twist of fate former honest blacksmith turns into the executioner, meets his love, but the life in that epoch is too complicated and means of solving problems are too cruel and too simple. Hrafn was influenced by the paintings of Rembrandt and films by Bergman and Tarkovsky. The director recreated the atmosphere of the epoch very impressive. Though this film shows us the dark sides of our life, it was made with true humane feelings.
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