Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Nybyggarna – Swedish title
La nueve tierra – Argentinian title
Nybyggerne – Danish title
Raivaajat – Finnish title
Le nouveau monde – French title
Das neue Land – German title
Új haza – Hungarian title
La nuova terra – Italian title
Osadnicy – Polish title
La nueve tierra – Spanish title
The Settlers – English title
Unto a Good Land – English title
The New Land – English title

A 1972 Swedish production [Svensk Filimidustri (Stockholm)]
Producer: Bengt Forslund
Director: Jan Troell
Story: “Nybyggarna” by Vilhelm Moberg (Carl Moberg)
Screenplay: Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell
Cinematography: Jan Troell [Eastmancolor]
Music: Bengt Ernyrd, Georg Oddner
Running time: 204 minutes

Karl-Oskar – Max von Sydow
Kristina – Liv Ullmann
Robert Nilsson – Eddie Axberg (Jan Axberg)
Arvid – Pierre Lindstedt
Danjel – Allan Edwall (Johan Edwvall)
Ulrika – Monica Zetterlund (Monica Nilsson)
Jonas Petter – Hans Alfredson (Hasse Alfredon)
Fina Kajsa – Agneta Prytz (Ingrid Prytz)
Anders Månsson - Halvar Björk
Pastor Jackson – Tom C. Fouts (Thomas C. Fouts)
Samuel Nöjd – Peter Lindgren
Pastor Törner – Per Oscarsson
Petrus Olausson – Oscar Ljung
Judit Olausson – Karin Karin Nordström-Järegård (Karin Nordström)
Mr. Abbot – Larry Clementson
Mario Vallejos – Georg Anaya
Medical Officer – Ed Carpenter
Fredrik Mattson – Bengt Ottekil
Brothel mum – Elsa Hofgren
Whore – Margita Nyström
Sven – Hans Elfin
Ragnhild – Solveig Samzelius
Neighbor – Leif Sandberg
Karl-Oskar’s sons – Lasse Martinsson, Pelle Martinsson, Frans Oddner
Karl-Oskar’s daughters – Sara-Lena Arnoldsdotter, Yvonne Oppstedt, Linn Ullman
Elin – Eva-Lena Zetterlund

A sequel to ‘The Emigrants” (1971). Starting a new life in the New World from almost nothing was not easy. The winters and summers are more extreme than in the Old World. But the immigrants are rewarded for their hard work. They now live a better life than they did in Sweden. Bad times also come, however. When the civil war starts the Sioux Indians make a bloody uprising against the white settlers. Karl-Oskar's family survives all of this. His brother, Robert, decides to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California. He never reaches California but acquires a fortune from his boss who dies of yellow fever on the way to California but an immigrant Swede dupes him of this fortune. Robert returns to his brother where he dies from a disease contracted on the trip. Kristina, whose thoughts never leave Sweden, gives birth to several more children and gets pregnant again against the advice of her doctor. This last pregnancy kills her. The children grow up and take over the farm. Karl-Oskar becomes old and lonely. He spends his last days dreaming of his youth in the Old World.


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