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The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924)

Gösta Berlings saga (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 October 1928 (USA)
A drunkard priest who has been cast out by his community struggles to atone and regain his honour and dignity.

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Mauritz Stiller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Hanson ... Gösta Berling
Sven Scholander Sven Scholander ... Sintram
Ellen Hartman-Cederström Ellen Hartman-Cederström ... Märtha Dohna
Mona Mårtenson ... Ebba Dohna
Torsten Hammarén Torsten Hammarén ... Henrik Dohna
Greta Garbo ... Elizabeth Dohna
Gerda Lundequist Gerda Lundequist ... Majorskan; Margaretha Samzelius (as Gerda Lundeqvist)
Jenny Hasselqvist ... Marianne Sinclaire
Sixten Malmerfeldt Sixten Malmerfeldt ... Melchior Sinclaire
Karin Swanström ... Gustafva Sinclaire (as Karin Svanström)
Oscar Byström Oscar Byström ... Patron Julius
Hugo Rönnblad Hugo Rönnblad ... Beerencreutz
Knut Lambert Knut Lambert ... Örneclou
Svend Kornbeck ... Christian Bergh
Otto Elg-Lundberg Otto Elg-Lundberg ... Samzelius
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Storyline

Gösta Berling is a young and attractive minister. Because he is an alcoholic and his preaches are far too daring, he is finally defrocked. He leaves the town in disgrace and arrives at countess Marta's manor. His new job there is to be a tutor to countess' beautiful stepdaughter. They eventually fall in love with each other. But they don't know that countess hired him only because she has some secret plans of her own... Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Sweden

Release Date:

27 October 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saga of Gösta Berling See more »

Filming Locations:

Forsmark, Uppsala län, Sweden See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV) | (2 parts) | (Swedish Film Institute restoration) | (video) | (2017 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As of 2010, about 450 meters of film from the original cut are still missing. See more »

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Title Card: Doors were open to the Cavaliers. They were men without home or occupation, utter wastrels, noblemen and retired officers, most of them with a shady past, but all of them knights of adventure, of drink and of gallantry. It was men like these, that in bygone days would be received at the great country houses and were permitted to stay as guests - usually for life. In any case, such were the famed Cavaliers of Ekeby.
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Music & Lyrics by Guy K. Austin
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Extraordinary silent epic
11 December 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Three hours + and this movie had me on the edge of my seat till the last picture .Fans of Greta Garbo might be disappointed for her role is not very important in the first part of the saga.

Selma Lägerlof's " Gösta Berling" reminds me of Thomas Hardy's "Jude" and "Tess" .Like them ,he is more a victim than a "defrocked " minister. The structure of the movie is stunning including long flashbacks and flashbacks inside the flashback ,and so many characters it is sometimes hard to remember who is who.But this extravagant melodrama features so many memorable scenes it's impossible to mention all of them:

-Berling in his church,in his pulpit ,in front of the clergy .

-The "Devil" ,some kind of jack-in-the-box ,claiming another soul among the "outcasts"

-The big fire,filmed with a stunning virtuosity

-Gösta and Elizabeth,in their sleigh,escaping from a world they are not part of ,one of the most frenzied romantic scene I have ever seen.

"Gösta Berling" takes us to the decadent aristocratic world of the nineteenth century and depicts its deterioration.It is one of these rare silent movies which can still grab today's audience.


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