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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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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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