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Sir Arne's Treasure (1919)

Herr Arnes pengar (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 10 December 1921 (USA)
Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with silver coins. The only survivor is Elsalill, who moves to relatives in Marstrand. ... See full summary »

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Mauritz Stiller
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Complete credited cast:
Erik Stocklassa Erik Stocklassa ... Sir Filip
Bror Berger Bror Berger ... Sir Donald
Richard Lund ... Sir Archi
Axel Nilsson Axel Nilsson ... Torarin
Hjalmar Selander Hjalmar Selander ... Herr Arne
Concordia Selander Concordia Selander ... Herr Arne's Wife
Gösta Gustafson Gösta Gustafson ... Priest
Mary Johnson ... Elsalill
Wanda Rothgardt ... Berghild
Stina Berg ... Landlady
Gustav Aronson Gustav Aronson ... Shipmaster
Jenny Öhrström Ebbesen Jenny Öhrström Ebbesen ... Katri
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Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with silver coins. The only survivor is Elsalill, who moves to relatives in Marstrand. There she meets a charming young officer - Sir Archi, and she soon understands that he was one of the murderers. She is in a classic dilemma between her love for Sir Archi and justice. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | History

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The screenplay by Mauritz Stiller and Gustaf Molander differs from the novel in that it tells the story in a more strictly chronological order, and incorporates some details which were introduced in the German play. See more »

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Version of Poklad pana Arna (1967) See more »

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Vengeance Is Mine Sayeth The Lord
13 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In Sweden in the 16th Century, three Scottish mercenaries -- Eric Stocklassa, Bror Berger and Richard Lund -- escape from a prison and make their way to the coast. It's the dead of winter, and the sea-road to Scotland is frozen over. Maddened, they invade the home of Sir Arne, burn the place down, steal his treasure and kill everyone except Mary Johnson, who hides, and goes to live at the home of Axel Nilsson, a poor dealer in preserved fish.

Sir Arne's treasure carries a curse, however. It was stolen from a monastery when the Swedes dissolved them, and the death of Sir Arne and his wife was foredoomed. The Scottish mercenaries, however, are now likewise doomed. The seas are still frozen over, so they must wait. While they do so, they hear about Miss Johnson. They go to hear her story and Mr. Lund and she fall in love.

It's a tale of madness and horror. However, while the German movies in that still-undefined genre were psychological and used an expressionist camera, this Swedish movie by Mauritz Stiller uses an objective one, showing a more terrifying, frozen hellscape than anything Caligari's sick mind ever envisioned. This terror is not made by man or devil. It is G*d who seeks His vengeance.

Stiller and Gustaf Molander adapted a novel by Selma Lagerlöf to make this movie. Molander would direct the sound remake after the Second World War.


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Country:

Sweden

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Release Date:

10 December 1921 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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