In 1820s Sweden, minister Gösta Berling (Lars Hanson) loses his parish due to alcoholism, and finds refuge at Ekeby, an estate that also houses war veterans, run by the Majoress Margaretha Celsing (Gerda Lundequist). Over the course of the film, Gösta encounters several adventures on his journey to redemption, including meeting the Countess Elisabeth Dohna (Greta Garbo).
- Greta Garbo's first big movie role; she was nineteen.
- This is the film that led to Greta and director Mauritz Stiller being brought to Hollywood to work for MGM.
- Based on the book by Selma Lagerlöf.
This film is epic. It's sweeping and beautiful and multi-layered, with gorgeous cinematography and a stunning soundtrack. A few scenes to look for are the one on the frozen lake, and later on when Elisabeth and Gösta reunite. The burning of Ekeby is also very impressive.
I really like it, though it's probably not for everyone -- the film is nearly three hours long and has numerous story arcs, and is probably best for those of us who can enjoy lengthier silents.
"I put up a fight -- but love held me in its grip."
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