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27 October 1928 (USA) See more »
Gösta Berling is a young and attractive minister. Because he is an alcoholic and his preaches are far too daring... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lars Hanson ... Gösta Berling
Sven Scholander ... Sintram
Ellen Hartman-Cederström ... Märtha Dohna
Mona Mårtenson ... Ebba Dohna
Torsten Hammarén ... Henrik Dohna

Greta Garbo ... Elizabeth Dohna
Gerda Lundequist ... Majorskan; Margaretha Samzelius (as Gerda Lundeqvist)
Jenny Hasselqvist ... Marianne Sinclaire
Sixten Malmerfeldt ... Melchior Sinclaire

Karin Swanström ... Gustafva Sinclaire (as Karin Svanström)
Oscar Byström ... Patron Julius
Hugo Rönnblad ... Beerencreutz
Knut Lambert ... Örneclou
Svend Kornbeck ... Christian Bergh
Otto Elg-Lundberg ... Samzelius
Hilda Forsslund ... Modern (mother) (as Hilde Forslund)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Svea Palm ... Flicka i kyrkan
Anna-Lisa Baude ... Märtha Dohnas kammrrjungfrau (uncredited)
Erik Bergman ... Man at fest in ekeby (uncredited)
A.T.H. Buch ... Ruster little drummer (uncredited)
Hilda Castegren ... Woman at fest in ekeby (uncredited)
Gucken Cederborg ... Woman at fest in ekeby (uncredited)
Jan de Meyere ... Löwenborg (uncredited)
Anton De Verdier ... Cousin Kristoffer (uncredited)
Carl Deurell ... Inspekterande präst (uncredited)
Lars Egge ... Man at fest in ekeby (uncredited)
Bertil Ehrenmark ... Betjänt på borg/man vid fördrivningen av majorskan (uncredited)
Signe Enwall ... Bit part (uncredited)
Carl Ericson ... Inspekterande präst (uncredited)
Georg Fernqvist ... Man at fest in ekeby (uncredited)
Emil Fjellström ... Man vid branden (uncredited)
Mia Gründer ... Kyrkobesökare (uncredited)
Gösta Gustafson ... Inspekterande präst (uncredited)
Edmund Hohndorf ... Kevenheuler (uncredited)
Axel Jacobsson ... Lilliencrona (uncredited)
Axel Lagerberg ... Man at fest in ekeby (uncredited)
Birger Lyne ... Kavaljer (uncredited)
Arne Palm ... Pojke i kyrkan (uncredited)
Gaston Portefaix ... Major Anders Fuchs (uncredited)
Sven Quick ... Man vid branden (uncredited)

Edla Rothgardt ... Kyrkobesökare (uncredited)
Albert Ståhl ... Uncle Eberhard (uncredited)
Tom Walter ... Bit part (uncredited)
Ruth Weijden ... Kvinna vid fördrivningen av majorskan (uncredited)

Directed by
Mauritz Stiller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius 
Selma Lagerlöf  novel
Mauritz Stiller 

Original Music by
Guy K. Austin 
Cinematography by
Julius Jaenzon  (as J. Julius)
Art Direction by
Ragnar Brattén 
Vilhelm Bryde 
Erik Jerken 
Costume Design by
Ingrid Günther 
Makeup Department
Ester Lundh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Manne Lundh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Art Department
Erik Johansson .... painter
Edgar G. Ulmer .... set designer
Sound Department
Gábor Pasztor .... sound technician (remastered version) (as Gabor Pasztor)
Special Effects by
Nils Elffors .... special effects (uncredited)
Olof Ås .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Julius Jaenzon .... still photographer (as J. Julius)
Carl-Axel Söderström .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Eugen Hellman .... color timer (as Eugén Hellmann)
Eugen Hellman .... negative cutter (as Eugén Hellmann)
Music Department
Gaston Borch .... music arrangement: orchestra leader
Rudolf Sahlberg .... music arrangement: orchestra leader
Gaston Borch .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Gustaf Upmark .... cultural advisor
Alva Lundin .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Gösta Berlings saga" - Sweden (original title)
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183 min | Sweden:130 min (TV version) | Sweden:166 min (2 parts) | 185 min (Swedish Film Institute restoration) | Spain:88 min (VHS version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Silent poetry..., 20 April 2007
Author: strsfgold from United States

The Saga of Gosta Berling is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and haunting films I have ever seen in my life. I was lucky enough to only see the improved Kino version, however. Trust me, if you long to see this incredible film, please just save up and buy the elegant Kino version. You won't be sorry you did! No other cheaper version will capture the story and it's just not worth it...

The film is long (three hours) but every second is precious. Perhaps it could have been cut shorter to make the plot more simple but who would want that? Hopefully I'm not the only one but when the words "The End" come across the screen my heart aches and I truly want more. Despite how long the film is, many elements from the book by Selma Lagerlöf had to be cut out in order to avoid a ten-hour-long drama. Be sure to hunt down a copy of the story and read it for yourself. Each and every character is so complex and interesting and every chapter is like a moving short story.

The acting is absolutely superb. Hanson and Garbo have such amazing chemistry that you literally feel as if you'll melt when they simply stare at each other with their expressive, longing eyes. Besides the two main stars, everyone gives great performances, besides Torsten Hammarén. He seemed to have the same annoying facial expression the whole time. Maybe that's just the way his character was suppose to be (Henrik Dohna) but I doubt it, since I recall his character in Erotikon (1920) having that same, stupid look.

The main reason I encourage everyone to see the Kino version is for the soundtrack. The soundtrack for the Kino version of The Saga of Gosta Berling is soaring, gorgeous, and completely wonderful. It's the greatest soundtrack I have ever heard for a silent film. I literally get goosebumps on my arms when I feel the melodies run through me. Matti Bye has created a score that fits the story so perfectly that it's unbelievable.

Everything and everyone in this film is stunning visually. We get to see many shots of the magical country of Värmland and its ravishing scenery. Many lovely actors and actresses were chosen and they absolutely glow with beauty. Lars Hanson and Greta Garbo are both hauntingly beautiful, along with the actress Mona Mårtenson, who plays Ebba Dohna.

Honestly, I can't come up with anything to say except, please watch this film and read the book too. The story will never leave you.

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