The Emigrants/The New Land: Two Films by Jan Troell [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2 Discs]

This Criterion collection of films from director Jan Troell contains Emigrants (1971) about a 19th century Swedish family that emigrates to the fertile fields of Minnesota and the sequel The New Land (1972) that follows the continuing adventures of the Swedish pioneers.
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Special Features

  • New high-definition Digital Restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New introduction by theater and film critic John Simon
  • New conversation between film scholar Peter Cowie and Director Jan Troell
  • New Interview with Actor Liv Ullmann
  • To Paint with Pictures, an hour-long documentary from 2005 on the making of the films, featuring archival footage as well as interviews with Troell, Ullmann, Producer and Co-Screenwriter Bengt Forslund, actor Eddie Axberg, and Composer Georg Oddner
  • Trailers
  • New English Subtitle translations
  • Plus: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty


The Emigrants
Director/writer Jan Troell's expansive saga deals with the Larsen family, who during the 19th century famine in Sweden emigrate to the more fertile fields of Minnesota. With painstaking detail, the director follows the Larsens as they make the perilous (and, to some of their fellow immigrants, fatal) journey by foot, steamer, train, and paddle boat. The film, which originally ran 190 minutes but was pared down to 150 by its director for American consumption, earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Actress (Liv Ullmann). The Emigrants was followed by a sequel, Nybyggarna ("The New Land"); both films have been edited together for TV release under the title The Emigrant Saga. The subsequent American TV series The New Land (1974) starred Bonnie Bedelia in the role created in The Emigrants by Liv Ullmann, and Scott Thomas in the patriarch role originated by Max von Sydow. In 1991, Sven Nykvist directed a "prequel" to The Emigrants titled The Ox. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The New Land
This is the second installment of the Swedish epic which began with The Emigrants. Nybyggarna is a chronicle of the life and times of the Swedish immigrants in Minnesota, covering the time period up to and beyond the Civil War. Even though they did not come to America to become Americans, they are gradually drawn into the culture of their new country. Father Karl-Oskar Nilsson (Max Von Sydow) and his wife Kristina (Liv Ullman) battle the elements and political changes in order to survive. The family members have little contact with their neighbors, and because they know so little English, they have difficulty buying things from the nearby general store. Robert (Eddie Axberg), Karl's younger brother, wants to find gold and travels westward with Arvid (Pierre Lindstedt), the Nilsson's strange and skittish farmhand. The two lavish epics, The Emigrants and The New Land were the two most expensive films made in Sweden up to that time. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Max von Sydow
    Max von Sydow - Karl Oskar
  • Liv Ullmann
    Liv Ullmann - Kristina
  • Jan Troell
    Jan Troell
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    Eddie Axberg - Robert
  • Allan Edwall
    Allan Edwall - Danjel

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