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|The Outlaw and His Wife / Victor Sjostrom |
Actors: Victor Sjostrom, Ingmar Bergman, Edith Erastoff
Directors: Victor Sjostrom, Gosta Werner
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Drama
THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE (1918) - Co-Written, Directed and Starring Victor Sjostrom - Plus VICTOR SJOSTROM (1981) - A Documentary Directed by Gosta Werner and Featuring Ingmar Bergman. — A masterpiece of the Swedish silent c... more »
Beware! Only 70 min.
Sevisan | Madrid. | 08/29/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Most silent films, damaged by the course of the time, exist in different versions of different running time, but when a DVD is released is supossed to be the most complete version existing (for instance, the Flicker Alley DVD of "La roue").
Well, this is not the case with the Kino "The outlaw and his wife" (price: 27 $ !). This is a very truncated version and shouldn't have been released in such conditions. Its running time is only 70 min., when nowadays exists a version of 105 min. that I have seen four or five years ago in the Madrid Filmoteca and in the french TV channel Arte.
The truncated Kino DVD version is, I suppose, the existing in the Kino shelves and released in VHS many years ago. That's very bad !
Not to speak of the nasty tinted of "Terje Vigen" in the companion DVD, that destroys the range of grey light and shadow of the original."
Sjostrom's Classic Saga Finally on DVD.
Chip Kaufmann | Asheville, N.C. United States | 08/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It has taken Kino International several years to make THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE available on DVD (the VHS version first appeared in 1989) but it has been worth the wait. Although it is essentially the same source material (the Swedish Film Institute's 1986 restoration) as the video, the picture is marginally sharper in detail and the contemporary modernistic score by Torbjorn Iwan Lindquist sounds a lot cleaner.
The 1918 film directed by and starring Victor Sjostrom (Seastrom in the U.S.) is a landmark not only of Swedish cinema but of world cinema as well. It tells the story of an ill fated couple forced to flee into the mountains to survive and of the tragedy that ultimately befalls them. Joining Sjostrom is actress Edith Estrahof who matches him for strength of performance and who would later become his wife (they fell in love with each other during the making of the film although both were already married). The use of natural locations, particularly the Scandinavian mountains and waterfalls, was outstanding and had already become a trademark of Sjostrom's Swedish films. He would eventually come to Hollywood where another outdoor drama THE WIND with Lillian Gish (1928) would become his American masterpiece.
Also on the disc is a 1981 documentary on Sjostrom and his films which is informative but rather dry although it contains an interview with Ingmar Bergman who was heavily influenced by Sjostrom and who repaid the debt by giving him the principal role in WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957). Kino released this jointly with the Sjostrom double bill A MAN THERE WAS/INGEBORG HOLM which is an even more important DVD."
Stunning Scenery and Wonderful Atmosphere
Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood | Manly, NSW Australia | 09/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the film that gave the Swedish film industry international recognition in 1917, and after nearly a century it's still easy to see why. The main attraction of this film is surely the scenery - the tundra of northern Scandinavia - which creates the rugged setting for this story about life in 19th century Iceland. I found the unusual colour tinting (often shades of pinkish-purple) actually highlights the scenery and gives those images a haunting beauty and special atmosphere. Together with an unusual orchestral score, which also includes some Scandinavian folk tunes, I found myself transported to the time and place that Victor Sjoestroem had in mind. Sjoestroem is probably best remembered for directing "The Wind" with Lillian Gish, which also places emphasis on the environment and its effects on people. In this earlier film, Sjoestroem directed and played the lead role of a petty thief hiding from the law, eventually escaping with his new wife -who sacrifices wealth and comfort for him - to live in the raw beauty of the wild mountains.
On a slightly negative note however, "The Outlaw and His Wife" is not the easiest silent film to watch. Most intertitles are lengthy or involved and are shown a bit too briefly, so you have to read quickly! Some indoor scenes are quite dark, and some parts appear jerky or disconnected, so it requires a little extra attention to follow and appreciate the story more fully. It's worth the effort though, in my opinion, for the overall atmosphere and the mood it leaves behind."
A neglected silent classic.
darragh o'donoghue | 05/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is a cliche that Victor Sjostrom's films dramatise the conflict between nature and society, but his treatment is less simplistic than might be first apparent. For instance, in 'The Outlaw and his Wife', society may be ruled by a brutal, land-grabbing bailiff, who whips servants for losing a sheep; but it is also a place rich in pageantry, costume and rite, where communities can express themselves. Likewise, nature might be a site of freedom for social outcasts, a sustaining idyll for lovers, and an awe-inspiring backdrop; but it also overflows in the lonely vagrant who nearly rapes his friend's wife, or the cliffs and snows that can kill. Throughout, Sjostrom shifts impressively between registers - nature as a real force, and as a symbolic backdrop; plot as both social depiction and spiritual journey - while retaining the familiar pleasures of the action genre."