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.
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Incredible. 9/10. || With the best score—eerie, minimal, often atonal, merged with sound effects—that I've ever heard to a silent. It's an inextricable part of the work of art I'm rating. "Musik av Matti Bye med Kristian Holmgren", recorded 2007. Watch this even if you never dreamt of watching a silent. (We need more humble glockenspiel in silents! Not overbearing, moronic piano scores!)
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.
I'm not sure which score I watched this with, but it was incredibly beautiful (the sound of waves added in), and together with the haunting imagery it evoked the kind of atmosphere of which Sjöström would have been proud. Amazing acting from him, I might add! Obviously, since the film is an illustrated version of the poem, the story is very simple, but simplicity has never been as tear-inducing.