Here Is Your Life

Here Is Your Life

Directed by Jan Troell • 1966 • Sweden

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.

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Here Is Your Life
  • Here Is Your Life

    Directed by Jan Troell • 1966 • Sweden

    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 L...

Extras

  • Mike Leigh on HERE IS YOUR LIFE

  • Jan Troell and Peter Cowie

    In this conversation, Jan Troell, the cowriter, director, cinematographer, and editor of HERE IS YOUR LIFE, discusses his beginnings in film and working methods with film historian Peter Cowie. It was recorded at Troell’s home in Sweden in March 2015.

  • Eddie Axberg on HERE IS YOUR LIFE

    The following interview with actor Eddie Axberg was conducted in Stockholm in March 2015.

  • Bengt Forslund on HERE IS YOUR LIFE

    Bengt Forslund, who produced and cowrote HERE IS YOUR LIFE, was a major force in Swedish filmmaking in the 1960s. In this interview, conducted in Stockholm in March 2015, Forslund describes the transformation of his nation’s cinema during that decade.

  • Interlude in the Marshland

    Directed by Jan Troell • 1965 • Sweden

    In 1965, director Jan Troell took part in the film 4 X 4, which comprises four shorts, each from a different Nordic country. Troell’s Swedish entry, INTERLUDE IN THE MARSHLAND, starring Max von Sydow and produced and cowritten by Bengt Forslund, is based on...