The Last Sentence by director Lars Troell
As the dark clouds of fascism began to cover Europe, Sweden sought to maintain its neutrality--a position that was totally unacceptable for Torgny Segerstedt (Jesper Christensen), a crusading journalist whose strident denunciations of Hitler and his ilk drew the ire of both the Prime Minister and the King, both hoping to keep the country out of any impending conflict. One of Sweden's finest filmmakers, Jan Troell (The Emigrants) makes this passionate era come to vibrant life, detailing not only Segerstedt's political battles but also his complex emotional entanglement with the Jewish wife of his best friend and publisher, beautifully played by Pernilla August.
Director Jan Troell usually writes his own scripts and serves as his own director of photography. His realistic films, with a lyrical photography in which nature is prominent, have placed him in the first rank of modern Swedish film directors along with Ingmar Bergman and Bo Widerberg. He worked as an elementary-school teacher but started to make short films in the sixties.
Troell's major work in the 1970s became The Emigrants (Utvandrarna, 1971) and its sequel The New Land (Nybyggarna, 1972), two epic films about some peasants emigrating from the barren Swedish countryside to America in the 19th century. The Emigrants was nominated for several Academy Awards.
In Hollywood, Troell made Flight of the Eagle (Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd, 1982 about S. A. Andrée's disastrous Arctic balloon expedition of 1897. The Flight of the Eagle was nominated for the Academy Awards (foreign language film).
The Last Sentence will be screened at the Kenndy Center’s Terrace Theater on March 9 at 6:00 pm.
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