Available April 2–30: Recorded conversation: Jan Troell, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, and Yohanna Troell
Troell has made the masterpiece about the dream that shaped America—a dream, and an America, fast disappearing from our views.Richard Schickel, Life
Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Eddie Axberg, Sven-Olof Bern,
The first of Jan Troell’s two films adapted from epic novels by Vilhelm Moberg stars Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow as struggling Swedish farmers in the 1840s who decide to emigrate to America. The Emigrants received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Actress, Director, and Adapted Screenplay—rare honors for a foreign film. Ullmann, often identified with Bergman’s films, has said Kristina is her favorite role. Among the many distinctive qualities of Troell’s cinema is the fact that he is the cinematographer of his own films and enjoys the freedom that comes with the dual role of director-cinematographer.