Sons of the soil

Gunnar Sommerfeldt, Denmark, 1920

DK/FeatureDrama, AdaptionsSilent films

In Iceland, the pride and honour of one’s family mean everything. Ørlygur á Borg is the most powerful man in the parish, and his son Ormarr is a man of action with a firm sense of justice, predestined to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, Ormarr has other plans for his life, and when one day he sets out for Copenhagen to study, his tyrannical brother takes advantage of the situation, seizing the farm and the role of ruler in the parish.
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Original title Borgslægtens Historie
Danish title Borgslægtens Historie
International titles Die Schande der Örlygssons, Der Teufelspriester, Histoire d'une famille islandaise, Historia de una familia islandesa, Detrás de la conciencia, Borgsläkten, Borgslegtens historie, Saga borgarættarinnar
Other titles Af Borgslægtens Historie
Director Gunnar Sommerfeldt
Screenplay Valdemar Andersen
Based on Roman i fire dele af Gunnar Gunnarsson (1912-1914).
Director of Photography Louis Larsen
Appearance Frederik Jacobsen, Gudmundur Thorsteinsson, Gunnar Sommerfeldt, Ove Kühl
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 2540 meter, 35 mm, Normal, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 27.08.1920
Cinemas Palads Borgslægtens Historie II havde premiere 7.9. 1920.
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Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction Gunnar Sommerfeldt


Script Valdemar Andersen


Cinematography Louis Larsen


Örlygur, konge på Borg Frederik Jacobsen
Ormarr Örlygsson Gudmundur Thorsteinsson
Ketill Örlygsson Gunnar Sommerfeldt
Den unge Ørlygur, Runas søn Ove Kühl
Runa, Örlygurs plejedatter Ingeborg Spangsfeldt
Enken på Bolli Gudrun Indriadottir
Kaptajn Janzen Bertel Krause
Snæbjørg, kaldet Bagga, enkens datter Elisabeth Jacobsen
Professor Grahl Victor Neumann
Bankier Vivild Philip Bech
Alma, Vivilds datter Inge Sommerfeldt
Appearance Karen Lund

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