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The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)

Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 January 1918 (Sweden)
A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

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Victor Sjöström
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Sjöström ... Outlaw / Kári
Edith Erastoff ... Halla the Widow
John Ekman ... Arnes the Immigrant Worker
Nils Aréhn ... Bailiff Björn Bergstéinsson, Halla's Brother-in-law
Jenny Tschernichin-Larsson ... Gudfinna, Halla's Farm Worker
William Larsson William Larsson ... Bjarni Sveinbjörnsson
Artur Rolén ... Halla's Farm Worker
Sigurd Wallén ... Halla's Farm Worker Who Denounces the Outlaw
Emil Fjellström ... Churchgoer
Hildur Carlberg ... Churchgoer
Edith Wallén Edith Wallén ... Halla's Farm Worker
Harald Wehlnor Harald Wehlnor ... Halla's Farm Worker
Thure Holm Thure Holm ... Priest Robbed by the Outlaw
Gucken Cederborg ... Halla's Farm Worker
Nils Elffors Nils Elffors ... Björn Bergstéinsson's Farm Worker
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A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they flee and become two of the many outlaws of Iceland's mountains. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Trivia

Edith Erastoff was pregnant with daughter Guje Lagerwall while making this movie. Guje was born shortly after the film's New Year's Day premiere. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: God is sometimes so far away - but the judgment of men is always near.
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Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies has shown on TV a restored version copyrighted in 1968 by Svenska Filminstitutet (The Swedish Film Instute). The restoration credits are in Swedish, but some of the original cast and crew credits are in English. All intertitles are in English and the film runs 73 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in The Image Makers (2000) See more »

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Karelia, op 11
Composed by Jean Sibelius (1893)
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Dramatic and well-paced
30 January 2020 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

The stunning Lappland scenery and seeing Victor Sjöström made this one enjoyable for me, despite a little creakiness in the early going. The setup, actually told in a flashback, reminded me of Les Miserables in that a man (Sjöström) turns to theft out of poverty, but instead of the local parson forgiving him as in that work, he jails him instead. Perhaps there is commentary on the church in this, and the need to show a little kindness to the less fortunate, since everything that happens to this decent guy stems from that incident. Anyway, he breaks out of jail, finds work on a farm, and falls in love with the owner (Edith Erastoff), but his past is never far behind.

The film gets good and the drama increases when the pair flee to the mountains, where they live a rugged life and have a baby girl. There are several moments at a cliff that are quite tense, and one that seems hard to fathom (I mean, really hard to fathom). Maybe the film shows us what desperation will drive people to, aside from the theft - jealousy, turning on one another, and acts you'd never think possible. Set against the grand scenery of those timeless mountains and waterfalls though, the human struggle seems especially small, even when it is gripping.

The pace is quite good at 73 minutes - intertitles are kept to a minimum, and the story, while simple, moves along nicely. At times it feels like the psychological drama is as claustrophobic as the wilderness is wide open. The film is obviously a bit stiff to modern eyes, but it seems clear that for 1918, it was ahead of its time.


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Sweden

Release Date:

1 January 1918 (Sweden) See more »

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You and I See more »

Filming Locations:

Nuolja, Abisko, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

SEK100,000 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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