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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Hanson ...
Sven Scholander ...
Ellen Hartman-Cederström ...
Märtha Dohna
Mona Mårtenson ...
Ebba Dohna
Torsten Hammarén ...
Henrik Dohna
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Elizabeth Dohna
Gerda Lundequist ...
Majorskan; Margaretha Samzelius (as Gerda Lundeqvist)
Jenny Hasselqvist ...
Marianne Sinclaire
Sixten Malmerfeldt ...
Karin Swanström ...
Gustafva Sinclaire (as Karin Svanström)
Oscar Byström ...
Patron Julius
Hugo Rönnblad ...
Knut Lambert ...
Örneclou
Svend Kornbeck ...
Otto Elg-Lundberg ...
Samzelius
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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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27 October 1928 (USA)  »

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The Atonement of Gosta Berling  »

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The film was originally released as two parts in Sweden: "Gösta Berlings saga I" on 10 March 1924 and "Gösta Berlings saga II" seven days later. The two-part version was also used in Finland and Norway, but for the rest of the world a shorter, one-part export version was made. See more »

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My Heart Belongs To You
Music & Lyrics by Guy K. Austin
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Riveting!
27 November 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mauritz Stiller's amazing film The Saga of Gosta Berling is proof to me of just what an edge the European filmmakers had on the Americans. The cinematography here is often breathtaking. The pacing never flags, and when you're talking about a 180 minute film, that's no small feat. The Kino version I watched, which was the recent restoration by the Swedish Film Archive, also featured a beautifully done soundtrack, something I find that makes such a huge difference -- some of the recent restorations I've watched have featured soundtracks that sound way too contemporary, and I just find that annoying and distracting. Not so here.

But the biggest thing I noticed on my second go-round with this beautiful film was the emotional realism that so many of these wonderful actors brought to their characters. They make mistakes, they regret. They love, they hate, they envy. They are real, believable people, something that wasn't always happening in American films of 1924. Garbo, at this early stage in her career, is already showing star quality. And the now largely -forgotten Lars Hanson is handsome and riveting. Don't let the length deter you from watching this fine and beautiful film.


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