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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 ... Märtha Dohna
Mona Mårtenson ... Ebba Dohna
Torsten Hammarén Torsten Hammarén ... Henrik Dohna
Greta Garbo ... Elizabeth Dohna
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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Majorskan; Margaretha Samzelius: Are you afraid of me? I won't bite you!
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Soundtracks

My Heart Belongs To You
Music & Lyrics by Guy K. Austin
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Ordinary silent epic.
4 August 2008 | by theskulI42See all my reviews

Decent but overlong (3+ hours), overblown (*cries*) and over-the-top melodrama even compared to most silent drama; I've never been a huge Garbo fan (she had zero subtlety, which suits a silent actor) and she is right at home here considering everyone else is just as GRAHND *throws arms out*. There's drunk preachers, big speeches, fires, redemption, death, love, everything you would expect from these types of film, in overabundance. The Saga of Gosta Berling's print is remarkably cleaned up, I just wish the film they had put so much work into was better.

{Grade: 6.25/10 (high C+) / #6 (of 6) of 1924}


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