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Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with gold... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Erik Stocklassa ... Sir Filip
Bror Berger ... Sir Donald
Richard Lund ... Sir Archi
Axel Nilsson ... Torarin
Hjalmar Selander ... Herr Arne
Concordia Selander ... Herr Arne's Wife
Gösta Gustafson ... Priest
Mary Johnson ... Elsalill
Wanda Rothgardt ... Berghild
Stina Berg ... Landlady
Gustav Aronson ... Shipmaster
Jenny Öhrström Ebbesen ... Katri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josua Bengtson ... Jailer (uncredited)
Georg Blomstedt ... Inn-Keeper (uncredited)
Albin Erlandzon ... Sailor (uncredited)
Yngve Nyqvist ... Coal Worker (uncredited)

Artur Rolén ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Mauritz Stiller 
Writing credits
Selma Lagerlöf (novel)

Gustaf Molander  writer
Mauritz Stiller  writer

Produced by
Charles Magnusson .... producer
Original Music by
Fredrik Emilson 
Cinematography by
Gustaf Boge 
Julius Jaenzon 
Production Design by
Alexander Bako 
Axel Sørensen 
Costume Design by
Axel Esbensen 
Makeup Department
Ester Lundh .... makeup artist
Manne Lundh .... makeup artist
Art Department
Axel Esbensen .... property master
Other crew
Alva Lundin .... title designer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Herr Arnes pengar" - Sweden (original title)
"The Treasure of Arne" - International (English title) (bowdlerized title)
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106 min (restored version) | 122 min (original release)
Aspect Ratio:
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SIR ARNE'S TREASURE (Mauritz Stiller, 1919) ***1/2, 3 March 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

As far as I can tell, this is the first Swedish Silent that I've watched (I'd previously been intrigued by a solitary still – actually used for the DVD sleeve itself – found in "The Movie", a British periodical from the early 1980s); I've seen a handful of early efforts from neighboring Denmark – and the aesthetic starkness in the predominant style of both countries is pretty similar. It's also the first from Swedish master Stiller (I also own his two other well-known titles, EROTIKON [1920] and THE SAGA OF GOSTA BERLING [1924], that were released on DVD from Kino – and I may very well include the latter in my current Epic/Historical films schedule); incidentally, I've only checked out – and was duly impressed by – two American-made pictures from Victor Sjostrom, the other great director to emanate from this country during the Silent era.

SIR ARNE'S TREASURE is best described as a historical melodrama – since the elements typically expected of an epic only really come into play in the scenes involving a fire early on and a sword-fight towards the end. However, one shouldn't overlook the vast and forbidding icy landscape which not only serves as an extremely realistic backdrop to the narrative – incidentally, the quality of the cinematography throughout likens the film to an uninterrupted series of medieval tableaux – but is very much another character in it, since the villains' flight (the perpetrators of a massacre in a household, from which they also abscond with the titular fortune) is prohibited because the sea has frozen over! Notable scenes here include: a cart-wheeling horse falling head-first through cracked ice; the youngest of the thieves having ghostly visions of one of his murdered victims (as it happens, he later falls for the girl's sister…and she with him, which leads to the latter being torn whether to give her lover away or run off with him to Scotland!); the leading man ultimately using the heroine as a human shield against the oncoming soldiers; the closing procession over the ice by the townsfolk to reclaim the girl's dead body (justly considered one of the visual highlights in all of Silent cinema).

The plot also effectively incorporates the element of premonition – such as when the fish-hawker's usually docile canine companion senses impending doom and starts to howl, Sir Arne's wife literally hearing from miles away the preparations for the subsequent assault on her abode, the ship captain's tale of a previous case of poetic justice similarly brought on by severe weather conditions, and the heroine being led by her dead sister to the villains' whereabouts in a dream. The print I watched featured nice use of blue (for outdoor night-time scenes) and red (the afore-mentioned blaze) tinting; the newly-composed accompanying score is appropriately sweeping, albeit making use of mostly modern instruments. The main extras on the Kino DVD involve noted film historian Peter Cowie, who supplies an informative background to early Swedish cinema (where he also discusses the seminal contribution of authoress Selma Lagerlof – who was behind the source novel of both this and THE SAGA OF GOSTA BERLING) and, in a separate featurette, focuses exclusively on the film at hand.

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