Här har du ditt liv / Here Is Your Life (1966) [Criterion Collection, Spine #766]
DVD Video, 2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | 2hr 48mn | 7.63 Gb + 5.81 Gb
Swedish: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
This mesmerizing debut by the great Swedish director Jan Troell is an epic bildungsroman and a multilayered representation of early twentieth-century Sweden. Based on a series of autobiographical novels by Nobel Prize winner Eyvind Johnson, Here Is Your Life follows a working-class boy’s development, from naive teenager to intellectually curious young adult, from logger to movie projectionist to politically engaged man of the people—all set against the backdrop of a slowly industrializing rural landscape. With its mix of modernist visual ingenuity and elegantly structured storytelling, this enchanting film—presented here in its original nearly three-hour cut—is a reminder that Troell is one of European cinema’s finest and most sensitive illuminators of the human condition.