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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
Vilhelm Bryde 
Makeup Department
Ester Lundh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Manne Lundh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Art Department
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
Carl-Axel Söderström .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Gaston Borch .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Alva Lundin .... title designer (uncredited)
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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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Referenced in The Silent Lovers (1980) (TV)See more »
My Heart Belongs To YouSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary silent epic, 11 December 2009
Author: dbdumonteil

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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