Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema may be exhaustive, but with all the indelible beauty it contains, it’s never exhausting.
The plaintive harmonium chords in the non-experimental soundtrack seem to symphonicize Holm’s plight with regional specificity.
The crosscutting between the sailor’s rowboat and the sailors at a British frigate in A Man There Was is far removed from the static setups of this early social drama.
The archaic English used in the title cards gives the picture a twee quality surely not intended in Ibsen’s original verses.
Like his earlier A Man There Was, Victor Sjöström’s The Outlaw and His Wife is a tale of redemption played out against the vast expenses of nature.
Nature gives and nature takes away in Victor Sjöström’s pantheistic classic.