lundi 29 octobre 2012

Gösta Berlings Saga

Gösta Berlings Saga is a book written in 1891 by Selma Lagerlöf (Nobel Prize 1909) about the story of a defrocked priest in the Värmland (Sweden) of the 1820-years. 

I read it for the first time some years ago, and I was delighted when it happened that we studied it at the university. It was something good because that story is really hard to understand if you read it only once, and it's anyways impossible to summarize, because of both the large number of characters and stories.

A silent movie was done in 1924 about the legend of Gösta Berling directed by Maurits Stiller. The leading parts are played by Lars Hanson and Greta Garbo. 

As someone who dislike watching movies, I have a different feeling about silent movies. 
Even if its duration is longer than three hours, the great music, the beautiful costumes and theatrical make-up make it very nice to watch.

The scene of the ride.

The author of Gösta Berling's saga, Selma Lagerlöf, didn't like a lot the movie, because of all the changes in the story and characters. For someone who has read the book, the script is very disconcerting.

For example, the ride scene happens in the first part of the book, with a young lady called Anna Stiernhök who completely disappear in the movie. There she is replaced by Elisabeth Dohna (Greta Garbo) and we can see it at the end of the movie.

Anyways, it's still a pleasant scene ♥

Love scene ride on YouTube

4 commentaires:

  1. Oh, I totally love silent movies. The 1st one I've even seen was German Nosferatu from 1926. I feel in love with it immidiately - and Cabinet of Doctor Caligari is a favourite of all the time. I think also that I'll watch the one you're writting about, I loved the shown scene, and the music provided is great!

    The reason I'm so fond of silent movies isn't only the general athmosphere, the make-up, everything being so theatrical. The thing that fascinates me the most is the fact that they're a record of things and people that don't exist anymore - all these actors are dead by now and all these places look diffrent. It's kind of scary and beautiful at the same time.

  2. If you want to watch this movie I recommend you to read the book first...
    I really hope you will like it, I've not found anybody who like it! Except my teacher, haha.

    I planned to watch the Cabinet of Doctor Caligari some years ago, but I did not. Thanks for remind me that (:

  3. ça à l'air cool ce livre !!! J'ai lu une sorte de résumé qui parlait que ça racontait l'histoire d'un village et qu'il se passait pleins de trucs ... x)
    En tout cas, les films en noir en blanc c'était trop la classe *o* J'adorerai qu'il y a un retour comme ça dans la mode avec les cheveux crantés et des vêtements de ce genre ...
    En effet, pas mal l'acteur au fait ;)

    1. En effet il se passe tellement de trucs dedans que c'est impossible à résumer!!!
      J'ai eu mon examen sur ça hier... je crois que ça a été, mais en une heure c'était galère de tout organiser!!

      Ohhhhhhhh si ça revenait à la mode je tomberai amoureuse toutes les cinq minutes..... D'ailleurs le film se regarde facilement malgré ses trois heures, tellement l'acteur est beau et a du charme ♥.♥