The Last Sentence
The Last Sentence (2014)

Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell, one of Sweden's most acclaimed filmmakers, directs the biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 20, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2014
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Unfortunately, Troell chose to shoot the movie in digital black-and-white; the imagery seems anachronistic in its precision, undermining the period decor and clashing with the occasional low-grain newsreel footage of Nazis on the march.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Amazingly, Troell still operates his own camera. "The Last Sentence" was made digitally, and his attention to detail is remarkable.

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Louis Proyect

A decidedly noncommercial film about the courage of a newspaperman who was a real contrast to the inside-the-beltway hacks of today, anxious to justify every war that comes along.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Troell invokes '50's and '60's Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The great 83-year-old Swedish director Jan Troell specializes in movies about men of great stature in furious conflict with both their countries and themselves.

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Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald

This well-intentioned tale never breaks free from a dry and visually anemic history lesson that could easily be adapted into a monotonous stage play.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew.

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Marc Mohan

With "The Last Sentence," veteran Swedish director Jan Troell serves up a well-mannered biography of a man known for anything but his restraint.

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