The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)

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Director/writer Jan Troell's expansive saga deals with the Larsen family, who during the 19th century famine in Sweden emigrate to the more fertile fields of Minnesota. With painstaking detail, the director follows the Larsens as they make the perilous (and, to some of their fellow immigrants, fatal) journey by foot, steamer, train, and paddle boat. The film, which originally ran 190 minutes but was pared down to 150 by its director for American consumption, earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Actress (Liv Ullmann). The Emigrants was followed by a sequel, Nybyggarna ("The New Land"); both films have been edited together for TV release under the title The Emigrant Saga. The subsequent American TV series The New Land (1974) starred Bonnie Bedelia in the role created in The Emigrants by Liv Ullmann, and Scott Thomas in the patriarch role originated by Max von Sydow. In 1991, Sven Nykvist directed a "prequel" to The Emigrants titled The Ox. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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  • It's very slow, subtly acted, and if you can last the course, quite moving

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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  • The acclaim for this 1971 151-minute revisionist epic on the settlement of America still mystifies me.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The Emigrants is a stately, pictorially romantic chronicle of the lives of a small group of peasants for whom existence at home becomes so tenuous that emigration seems the only solution.

    June 24, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Infinitely absorbing and moving.

    June 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It is unquestionably the most ambitious film to reach us from Sweden, a big, expensive drama of impressive scope, yet with a careful attention to detail.

    January 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The film is so accurately detailed, beautifully photographed and acted, that it becomes an imperishable memory, a moving testament to the courage and tenacity of the human spirit.

    October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 13, 2013
    The Swedish "Little House" is aided by a European sensibility to be evenly paced and with great subtlety. A tale of a proud but not grandstanding people.
    John B Super Reviewer

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