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Laila


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  • Actors: Mona Martenson, Henry Gleditsch, Harald Schwenzen, Peter Malberg, Tryggve Larssen
  • Directors: George Schneevoigt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley LLC
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NAZ7QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Laila, The Crowning Achievement of Norwegian Silent Cinema: A new illustrated essay by historian Casper Tybjerg; an original diary of actor Tryggve Larssen written during production; a complete rare photo album from a private collection covering the film's production; biographical information of the principal actors and technicians.

Editorial Reviews

Laila, 1929's epically scaled Norwegian feature comes from Danish-German director and noted cinematographer George Schneevoigt, who brings every exotic corner of on-location Scandinavia to the forefront in a decades-spanning romantic adventure. Mona Mårtenson is Laila, a young girl separated from her parents as a baby and raised by a wealthy reindeer owner Aslag (Peter Malberg) in the frozen tundra. Though she is returned a year later, Laila grows into a young woman of two worlds, at home with both her settled and nomadic upbringings. Laila soon finds herself in a love triangle with her foster brother Mellet (Henry Gleditsch) and her cousin Anders (Harald Schwenzen), played out against the backdrop of an encroaching plague. Expertly photographed with a shockingly modern cinematic flair, Laila goes from snowy mountain-tops to lush green valleys, featuring treacherous waterfalls, packs of rampaging wolves and reindeer-pulled sled chases. Recently resurrected by and proudly presented in conjunction with the Norwegian Film Institute, Laila boasts a restored transfer and all-new subtitles as well as a brand new piano score by renowned composer Robert Israel. LAILA has been mastered in this new digital edition in partnership with the National Library of Norway. Included in this publication is a brand new illustrated essay by film historian and University of Copenhagen professor, Casper Tybjerg; an original diary manuscript of actor Tryggve Larssen (Jåmpa in the film) made during the production; the complete digital reproduction of a rare photo album from a private collection covering the production of the film; and biographical information of the principal actors and technicians.

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She is the best I have ever seen.
Lionel D. Youst
I'm not going to stretch this review out . . . I loved it and it may have been one of the longest movies I've ever stayed awake for!
GABuckeye
I strongly recommend this movie if you like movies with adventure, pure romance, sadness, and wonderful ending!
Meg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GABuckeye on April 4, 2011
I watched this movie on Turner Classic Channel early this morning. It started at 12:30am and didn't end till 3am. At about 2am I was going to pack it in and tape the rest of it, but it was so interesting I stuck with it till the end. What a fantastic story and acting. It was hard to believe I was watching a movie made in 1929. I'm not going to stretch this review out . . . I loved it and it may have been one of the longest movies I've ever stayed awake for! I highly recommend it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lionel D. Youst on April 6, 2011
I see that the two previous reviewers watched Laila on TCM, as I did. I am on Pacific time, so I was in bed a little after midnight, our time! I am a fan of the old silent ethno-movies, beginning with Edward Curtis's "In the land of the war canoes" (1914) and Robert Flahrety's "Nanook of the North" and "Taboo," and so on. Laila ranks right with the very best of them, with stunning scenes of the great reindeer herds, wolf packs, and the nomadic camps of the Laplanders -- all shot on location in northern Norway. It is a rich and complex story of a Norwegian girl rescued from the snow and raised by Laplanders, betrothed to marry her foster brother -- whom she does not care for in any romantic sense. The dilemma involves interracial marriage, resolved in an interesting twist at the end.

The cinematography, by the director George Schneevoigt (1893-1949), is as good as it gets. It is hard to believe that you are watching a 1929 silent film. But what blew me totally away was the performance of Mona Martenson (1902-1949). I had never seen nor heard of her before, and I watch the TCM Silent Classics almost every Sunday night. She is the best I have ever seen. I Googled her name and found that she was a well known Swedish actress, a classmate with Greta Garbo in film school in Stockholm. She was with Garbo in Gosta Berlings Saga (1924), after which Garbo went on to world fame. I would say that Mona Martenson's performance in Laila is better than anything I ever saw Garbo do (and I am a Garbo fan). Do not miss this one.

Lionel Youst
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Brownfield on April 4, 2011
I did the same as the first reviewer and stayed up till 2:00am CST to finish watching. The director of this movie was as good or better than most today. The camera work was excellent and I wonder what it would have looked like originally before it needed to be restored. I'm going to put this on my want list and hope to get it sometime this year.
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