Cinema: Stately Epic

THE NEW LAND

Directed by JAN TROELL

Screenplay by BENGT FORSLUND and JAN TROELL

The New Land concludes the chronicle of Swedish settlers in America that was begun in last year's The Emigrants. Together, the two movies make a single work of sweep and visual majesty, an attempt at a lyric-epic poem on film that is almost daunting in its reach.

What was clearest, most careful and most lovely in The Emigrants is present here again in The New Land, along with what was most troubling and most mysteriously unaffecting. Troell, who photographed and edited...

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