Friday, January 20, 2017

The Emigrants (Jan Troell, 1971)

Stupendous. Astonishing work from Troell as director, cinematographer and editor. Fantastic performances from all involved, and gorgeous use of light, tone and hue. Very delicate but completely unprecious - the editing is much more rapid and unostentatious than I had been led to expect. An emotionally engaging story told without self-indulgence, the narrative featuring plenty of ellipses but never becoming elliptical.

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