Mar 08, 1971 · Småland, Sweden, mid-19th century. A farming family struggle with their rocky, unyielding land, and decide to embark on the arduous journey to new hope in America.
- Jan Troell
The Emigrants (Swedish: Utvandrarna) is a 1971 Swedish film directed by Jan Troell and starring Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg and Allan Edwall. The screenplay is by Bengt Forslund and Troell. It tells the story of poor Swedes who emigrate from Småland, Sweden, to Minnesota in the mid-19th century.
Based on the book by Vilhelm Moberg (published in 1949) depicting a few people emigrating from Sweden to the United States in the 1840 - early 1850.
The Emigrants (96) IMDb 8.0 3h 11min 1972 NR The epic tale of one Swedish family's pursuit of the American dream during the great Swedish migration to the American Midwest in the 1850s.
The Emigrants paints an absolutely fascinating story, especially when you consider it's all based on real events and real people's lives. If you have any interest in Scandinavia or Scandinavian culture, this is definitely required reading.
- Borealis Books
- Vilhelm Moberg
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“The Emigrants” is a special film in that it’s Swedish and yet somehow American - in the sense that it tells the story of what America meant for so many millions. When it was over the other evening, the audience applauded; that’s a rare thing for a Chicago audience to do, but then “The Emigrants” is a very rare film.
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