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THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE (1918) - Co-Written, Directed and Starring Victor Sjostrom - Plus VICTOR SJOSTROM (1981) - A Documentary Directed by Gosta Werner and Featuring Ingmar Bergman.
A masterpiece of the Swedish silent cinema, Victor Sjostrom s THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE is a film of remarkable psychological complexity, which bore aprofound influence on the work of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer. When a mysterious stranger (played by Sjostrom) is hired on at a farm by its widowed owner (Edith Erastoff, who would later become Sjostrom s wife), a romantic bond quickly forms. But the man s troubled past foils their chances at happiness, and forces them to seek refuge in the nearby mountains. Sjostrom s masterful use of landscape is visually and dramatically stunning, particularly in the film s latter half, as the couple battles both their pursuers and nature itself, culminating in an unforgettable climax. Also featured on this DVD is Gösta Werner s 1981 documentary VICTOR SJOSTROM, which recounts the life and career of the legendary Swedish director, with commentary by his longtime admirer, director Ingmar Bergman.