The Saga of Gosta Berling

Oct 16, 2009

(Mauritz Stiller, Sweden, 1924, 35mm, 183 min)

Performed with live accompaniment from Murl Allen Sanders

Introduction by author Paul Norlen

Sponsored by UW Dept of Scandinavian Studies and the Swedish Cultural Center

A fallen young priest, a beautiful Italian countess, an enchanting landscape: The Saga of Gösta Berling is a gem of early Swedish cinema. Based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf, Greta Garbo stars in the breakthrough role that would lead her to Hollywood stardom. Breathtaking sets, lavish costumes and a gorgeous score weave together the story of a disgraced young priest (Swedish star Lars Hanson) who seeks redemption and finds love with the mesmerizing Elizabeth (Garbo). Recently restored to its original length and splendor, this is a dazzling epic that guarantees to leave a lasting impression.

The screening will be introduced by UW Professor Paul Norlen, author of the book, The Saga of Gosta Berling

“At once a summary and a swan song of the Swedish film" —Arthur Knight, The Liveliest Art

$10/NWFF members, $12/general

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