The story of an old sailor who reassesses the injustice he suffered, in the past, in the hands of the British. In spite of all the resentment, he decides not to try to avenge himself, within the context of the wisdom that life experience has awarded him. An adaptation of a famous poem of the same name by Henrik Ibsen, published for the first time in 1857. In transforming the poem into image, keeping the headings as true as possible to each verse, the film was a vast success in Sweden and also benefited from a patriotic feeling in the country in the midst of World War I. The film was also hailed as a starting point to a new era in Swedish cinema, known as the Golden Era, for raising the artistic level of cinema in the country. —Mostra
Born in Silbodal, Sweden, in 1879. The son of a lumberjack, he emigrated with his parents to the U.S. when he was only one year old. The Sjöström family prospered in the district of Brooklyn where Victor lived until the age of seven. In his teens, he was beset with problems related to his father who had become a religious fanatic. With the death of his mother, in 1887, the boy decided to return once more to Sweden. He joined the world of theater, a profession he was not to abandon throughout all of his life, even when he became a film director. Sjöström’s only appearance on the screen to reach Brazil was his performance in the role of Isak Borg, a main character in Ingmar Bergman’s film Wild Strawberries (1957) – and was his last piece of acting for cinema. Sjöström also acted the role of an orchestra conductor in Till Glädje/ The Joy (1950), with Bergman as director. Sjöström directed 53 films – all of them silent movies, except for the last two (The Markurells of Wadköping, 1931… read more
A simple and tragic story that is surprisingly uplifting. Sjostrom directs and act wonderfully in this film whose theme is nature vs. civilization.
For a film made in 1917, this is remarkable. The acting feels very subtle and modern and the majority of scenes seem to be staged outside with a camera that doesn't feel tied to the floor. The story is incredibly moving and the ending had me welling up with tears. This is silent cinema at its best. Need to see the lead/director in his most famous acting role, Bergman's Wild Strawberries.