Jan Troell

Here Is Your Life

Here Is Your Life

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.

Film Info

  • Jan Troell
  • Sweden
  • 1966
  • 168 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #766

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Here Is Your Life
Cast
Eddie Axberg
Olof Persson
Ulla Sjöblom
Olivia
Gunnar Björnstrand
Lundgren, the cinema owner
Per Oscarsson
Niklas
Ulf Palme
Larsson
Signe Stade
Maria
Allan Edwall
August
Max von Sydow
Smålands-Pelle
Ulla Akselson
Olof’s mother
Stig Törnblom
Fredrik
Credits
Director
Jan Troell
Cinematography
Jan Troell
Script
Jan Troell
Script
Bengt Forslund
Based on novels by
Eyvind Johnson
Production manager
Bengt Forslund
Editor
Jan Troell
Music
Erik Nordgren
Art director
Rolf Boman
Costume design
Knut Nylén
Executive producer
Bengt Forslund

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Here Is Your Life: Great Expectations

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By Mark Le Fanu

On Film / Essays — Jul 17, 2015
Mike Leigh on Here Is Your Life
Mike Leigh on Here Is Your Life

The British director Mike Leigh (Life Is Sweet, Naked) is a major fan of the Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell, and especially his debut feature, Here Is Your Life. In this excerpt from Leigh’s introduction to Here Is Your Life on our new release of the…

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jul 15, 2015