The Saga of Gosta Berling
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The Saga of Gosta Berling
Known under a variety of titles, The Atonement of Gosta Berling is an excellent representation of the Swedish silent cinema. Long, complex, and elaborately produced, the film nonetheless never loses sight of the human elements which motivate the story. Lars Hanson stars as Berling, a defrocked priest whose rebellious attitude hides a greater sense of idealism than most of his "pious" contemporaries. Among the women in Berling's life is a supposedly married countess, played with instinctive brilliance by a young, awkward, chubby Greta Garbo. Overflowing with betrayals, revenge,… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are cyclones amid the sprawling stolidity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Stiller's direction is only adequate most of the time, and there are a lot of mismatched eyelines and shots that feel off-balance and uncertain."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"It is the females who come off as the stronger sex here, but the applause at the end is director Mauritz Stiller's."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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