The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) is an important monument in cinematic history, a key milestone in the presentation of the Nordic realm on the cinema screen, etching a new landscape into the cinematic palette of early film.
A notable production for its use of location filming and unique camera shots, director Victor Sjorstrom uses his majestic skills to capture the chill of a morning waterfall and the warmth of an Icelandic log cabin, each shot brimming with a giddy possibility, an exploration of unmarked territory.
A small scale melodrama, The Outlaw and His Wife is made grand by the beautiful performances that resonate with emotion, despite the lack of a score. A universal and timeless love story, it also features a variety of sub-text on bigger societal issues and themes, groundbreaking for the silent era of cinema.
Simplistic though it may be, The Outlaw and His Wife is a film deserving of its admiration, as it is simply phenominal.