The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924)
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as Countess Elizabeth Dohna
as Gosta Berling
as Marianne Sinclaire
as Countess Ebba Dohna
as Gustafva Sinclaire
Critic Reviews for The Saga of Gosta Berling
Stiller's direction is only adequate most of the time, and there are a lot of mismatched eyelines and shots that feel off-balance and uncertain.
Audience Reviews for The Saga of Gosta Berling
Far too long but with some impressive set pieces. Early Garbo before Stiller and then MGM took her under their wing and molded her. She's about 15 pounds heavier than usual which obscures those signature cheekbones and her hair and make-up are awful but the spark is definitely there.
Fully fleshed-out characters undergoing complex emotional struggles, with a sense of genuine human insight. Even the minor characters are nuanced, not a moustache-twirling villain in sight. The leads Lars Hanson and Greta Garbo are both wonderful (I can see why people developed a fascination with Garbo) and every supporting performance is good, too. Sets, costumes and cinematography are beautiful without being overly ostentatious. There are fantastic sequences involving a massive estate fire and being chased by wolves across a frozen lake. The story -- about the misfortunes of a defrocked vicar and those he encounters -- is a rich, Dickensian melodrama with a great deal of depth and no heavy-handed moralizing. Really a treat, the kind of silent movie that even people who don't like silent movies can enjoy.
Some interesting scenes (the chase, the fire) but the plot drags in this epic Swedish silent film. Worth seeing mainly to catch a glimpse of Garbo before she hit the big time in Hollywood.
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