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A.k.a.
The Outlaw and His Wife
Year
1918
Runtime
136 min.
Director
Victor Sjöström
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
1,192
Checks
531
Favs
32
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
6.0% (1:17)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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    Siskoid

    Victor Sjöström (The Phantom Carriage)'s The Outlaw and His Wife is an effective silent melodrama about a woman who falls in love with a thief on the run, takes off with him, and then though there's a sweet romance in all this, terrible things happen. Among its strengths are its visuals, shot on location in the mountains of Iceland and making the most out of that. I also like the opening sequence with the lost sheep, which resonates through the main plot. But despite spending what seems like an inordinate amount of time setting things up before the flight from town, I never quite believe how the two leads fall in love. It just kind of happens, and Edith Erastoff, I dunno, just doesn't seem the type. Is there such a thing as a pragmatic look? Once they flee justice and explore a proper relationship, I'm more invested, and when tragedy strikes, it's believable despite the extremes. The original score has long been lost, but the new composition is a little dissonant for me, though I appreciate the inclusion of waterfalls and wind as part of the soundscape. It actually adds a lot to the atmosphere of this bleak winter film. 1 month 1 week ago
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    ClassicLady

    Listed here as "The Outlaw and His Wife": http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/1915-1919/84-the-outlaw-and-his-wife-1918 6 years 3 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #11 in IMDb's 1910s Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #12 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  3. This movie ranks #41 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
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  4. This movie ranks #55 in FLM's Best Swedish Films of All Time
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  5. This movie ranks #96 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
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  6. This movie ranks #111 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
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  7. This movie ranks #441 in Doubling the Canon
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  8. This movie ranks #746 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
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