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The Gardener (1912)

Trädgårdsmästaren (original title)
A gardener runs a nursery. His son has fallen in love with the daughter of one of the workers at the nursery. The gardener, who has a good eye for daughter, runs furiously his son out of the house.

Director:

Victor Sjöström

Writer:

Mauritz Stiller
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Cast

Credited cast:
Victor Sjöström ... The Gardener
Gösta Ekman ... The Gardener's son
Lili Beck ... Young Woman (as Lili Bech)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gunnar Bohman Gunnar Bohman
John Ekman ... The General
Mauritz Stiller ... Passenger
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Storyline

A gardener runs a nursery. His son has fallen in love with the daughter of one of the workers at the nursery. The gardener, who has a good eye for daughter, runs furiously son out of the house. One day the gardener violates the girl. He then sends her and her father away, so that he will not be revealed. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Short | Drama

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The first film to be banned in Sweden. It was released in Sweden in 1980, then it was rated "barntillåten" - "approved for all ages". See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version featured a scene where the father rapes his daughter and was thus banned in Sweden. The film was considered lost until a censored American print was discovered in 1979. See more »

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class study
19 January 2004 | by mbloxhamSee all my reviews

The Swedish landscape is heartrendingly beautiful in this light-toned silent film. Sjostrom creates a nice little piece, with clear political intent - often missed in commentary inside class-blind USA - sensitively carried by the well-worked plot of maiden's idyll betrayed. The same falls in love with her employer's son, whom his father then sends away, one infers - the audience of the time would at any rate - in order to end the socially inappropriate relationship, but in fact so that he may use his power to take advantage of her, by force. She and her aged father are summarily dismissed; taken in by a wealthy patron, when he dies his family casts her out, into the demimonde (note her cigarette!) of the overclass' student life. A final set piece has her body, strewn with thorn roses, accusing the cause of her ruin.

The plot is incomplete, and these short moral films are not in fashion now, to say the least; but well worth seeing, in the context of retrospectives of Sjostrom's excellent work.


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Country:

Sweden

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Release Date:

17 October 1912 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gardener See more »

Filming Locations:

Nacka, Stockholms län, Sweden

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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