The New Land The New Land
  • Sweden
  • 1972
  • 202 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #797

This monumental mid-nineteenth-century epic from Jan Troell charts, over the course of two films, a Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Movie legends Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann give remarkably authentic performances as Karl Oskar and Kristina, a couple who meet with one physical and emotional trial after another on their arduous journey. The precise, minute detail with which Troell depicts their story—which is also that of countless other people who sought better lives across the Atlantic—is a wonder to behold. Engrossing at every step of the way, the duo of The Emigrants and The New Land makes for perhaps the greatest screen drama about the settling of America.

Credits

DirectorJan Troell
Photographed and edited byJan Troell
Screenplay byJan Troell and Bengt Forslund
From a novel byVilhelm Moberg
Produced byBengt Forslund
Music byBengt Ernryd and Georg Oddner
Art directorP. A. Lundgren
Costumes byUlla-Britt Söderlund

Film Essays

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The Emigrants/The New Land: Homelands

By Terrence Rafferty February 09, 2016

Jan Troell’s narration of one Swedish couple’s arduous journey to America portrays the migratory quality of marriage—of “finding that you think of this person who is not you, or this place that . . . 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 »


Film Essays

Emmigrantnewland2_thumbnail

The Emigrants/The New Land: Homelands

By Terrence Rafferty February 09, 2016

Jan Troell’s narration of one Swedish couple’s arduous journey to America portrays the migratory quality of marriage—of “finding that you think of this person who is not you, or this place that . . . Read more »


On Five

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Liv Ullmann Reflects on Working with Jan Troell

February 05, 2016

The Emigrants and The New Land, the incredible pair of films made by Swedish director Jan Troell in the early 1970s, remain among the most authentic and powerful portrayals of the . . . Read more »


Clippings

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The Magic of Max von Sydow

November 17, 2015

Max von Sydow has spent the past six decades cultivating one of cinema’s most illustrious careers, and now, at eighty-seven, the Swedish actor “may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture . . . Read more »

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