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Here Is Your Life

Jan Troell

 
Here Is Your Life (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Sweden
  • 1966
  • 168 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #766

This mesmerizing debut by the great Swedish director Jan Troell is an epic bildungsroman and a multilayered representation of early twentieth-century Sweden. Based on a series of autobiographical novels by Nobel Prize winner Eyvind Johnson, Here Is Your Life follows a working-class boy’s development, from naive teenager to intellectually curious young adult, from logger to movie projectionist to politically engaged man of the people—all set against the backdrop of a slowly industrializing rural landscape. With its mix of modernist visual ingenuity and elegantly structured storytelling, this enchanting film—presented here in its original nearly three-hour cut—is a reminder that Troell is one of European cinema’s finest and most sensitive illuminators of the human condition.

Cast

Olof Persson Eddie Axberg
OliviaUlla Sjöblom
Lundgren, the cinema ownerGunnar Björnstrand
NiklasPer Oscarsson
LarssonUlf Palme
MariaSigne Stade
AugustAllan Edwall
Smålands-Pelle Max von Sydow
Olof’s motherUlla Akselson
FredrikStig Törnblom

Credits

DirectorJan Troell
CinematographyJan Troell
ScriptJan Troell and Bengt Forslund
Based on novels byEyvind Johnson
Production managerBengt Forslund
EditorJan Troell
MusicErik Nordgren
Art directorRolf Boman
Costume designKnut Nylén
Executive producerBengt Forslund

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by filmmaker Mike Leigh
  • New conversation between director Jan Troell and film historian Peter Cowie
  • New interviews with actor Eddie Axberg and producer and coscreenwriter Bengt Forslund
  • Interlude in the Marshland, a 1965 short film by Troell, starring Max von Sydow
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Here Is Your Life: Great Expectations

By Mark Le Fanu July 17, 2015

As visually and sociopolitically expansive as it is intimate in its details of a boy’s coming of age, Jan Troell’s film is one of the great cinematic debuts. Read more »

Clippings

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Jan Troell, Enduring Film Pioneer

March 09, 2016

Earlier this year we were proud to release Swedish director Jan Troell’s two-film epic, The Emigrants (1971) and The New Land (1972). The films, starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, are based . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Here_is_your_life_thumbnail

Here Is Your Life: Great Expectations

By Mark Le Fanu July 17, 2015

As visually and sociopolitically expansive as it is intimate in its details of a boy’s coming of age, Jan Troell’s film is one of the great cinematic debuts. Read more »


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