Zandy’s Bride (Jan Troell, 1974)


(Yodlaf Peterson) #1

I’d never heard of this one before till I saw there was a Warner Archive release.

Any good?


(ENNIOO) #2

Viewed it a while back from an old T.V recording, here is what I said in another thread:

Spent to much time in the Italian west recently, so viewed a U.S one tonight. Gene Hackman plays a proper old school man who gets a mail order style bride, which comes in the shape of LIv Ullmann. Just when you thought you could not get more of a caveman style man, wait till you meet Hackman’s dad in this one . Refreshing drama western which is always involving.


(Yodlaf Peterson) #3

Cool, I will check it out at some point then. Cheers, Ennioo.


(Mickey13) #4

Nice cover BTW.


(kit saginaw) #5

[quote=“Yodlaf Peterson, post:1, topic:3225”]I’d never heard of this one before till I saw there was a Warner Archive release.

Any good?

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I guess so. The producers went for authenticity 'n captured it nicely.

But ya gotta go with the premise that Liv is ‘ordinary’ looking. She tries to be. Too many in the audience would’ve seen her in other stuff though. So as the film progresses and she becomes a dynamically strong-willed personna, we already predicted it. Because she’s too good-looking in the classic sense.

Which makes Zandy’s antics sorta unrealistic… When you’re married to a ‘goddess’, living in a ruggedly remote landscape, you’d tend to fawn over her a bit. -Not run-around all independent and uninterested.

It’s a chick Western. Lotsa emotion leading-to a satisfying ending. Hackman’s and Ullman’s performances are technically superb.