Blacksmith, The
Blacksmith, The

Blacksmith, The

The Blacksmith is a film about an eighty year old craftsman and inventor, who lives alone on the east coast of Iceland. He claims to have made the first multi-gear bicycle and he has also converted a clock into a calendar.


This remarkable personality is seen at work and talking about his world views. The film also shows the point of contact between simple craftsmanship and more developed technology in areas like transport, wind-generators etc. It also represents the collision between world-views as represented in the news media (television, radio) and traditional ways of thought, often tinged with mysticism, in isolated areas in the countryside.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: February 14, 1982
  • Length: 35 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Eldsmiðurinn
  • International Title: Blacksmith, The
  • Production Year: 1981
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Blacksmith, The
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: No
  • Production Format: 16mm
  • Color: Yes


Company Credits


  • Artfilmfest International Film Festival, 2010
  • Summer Film School, 2010

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