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

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Extraordinary silent epic
11 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Three hours + and this movie had me on the edge of my seat till the last picture .Fans of Greta Garbo might be disappointed for her role is not very important in the first part of the saga.

Selma Lägerlof's " Gösta Berling" reminds me of Thomas Hardy's "Jude" and "Tess" .Like them ,he is more a victim than a "defrocked " minister. The structure of the movie is stunning including long flashbacks and flashbacks inside the flashback ,and so many characters it is sometimes hard to remember who is who.But this extravagant melodrama features so many memorable scenes it's impossible to mention all of them:

-Berling in his church,in his pulpit ,in front of the clergy .

-The "Devil" ,some kind of jack-in-the-box ,claiming another soul among the "outcasts"

-The big fire,filmed with a stunning virtuosity

-Gösta and Elizabeth,in their sleigh,escaping from a world they are not part of ,one of the most frenzied romantic scene I have ever seen.

"Gösta Berling" takes us to the decadent aristocratic world of the nineteenth century and depicts its deterioration.It is one of these rare silent movies which can still grab today's audience.


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