Gösta Berlings Saga was Greta Garbos first full lenght feature film.
Gösta Berlings saga is Swedish for "Gösta Berlings story".
Stiller was a perfectionist to a neuroticdegree, and gave young Greta many pains during the filming.
Stiller had started reconstructing Garbos "soul" at the time of the filming. He was very much her metor.
The movie ran almost four hour, but was considered a success. But some Swedish reviews betrayed a slight sense of irritaition with Garbo's "still life-acting".
Garbo and Lars Hanson also starred in "Flesh and the devil" together
This is what Garbo told the Swedish press: "please don't write down everything that slips out of my mouth. I am one of thos people who don't think- I talk first and think later......Stiller shapes peopleaccording to his will...... I am one of those nice, ordinary people who suffer terribly if one is mean to them.
Greta Garbo: Countess Elizabeth Dohna
Lars Hanson: Gösta Berling
Gerda Lundequist: Margaretha Samzelius
Otto- Elg-Lundberg: Major Samzelius
Directed by: Mauritz Stiller
Written by: Ragnar Hyltèn Cavallius
Selma Lagerlöf (novel)
Based on the book by Selma Lagerlof, it is the story of Gösta Berling, defrocked priest and his love for a married woman, Countess Elizabeth Dohna
In "Gösta Berlings saga" there's little sign of the Garbo the world was to know some years later. She's pleaseantly plump, more a child than a woman, and seems abit insecure in her acting. There is however sparks of brilliance and magic in her performance. And she is, if not a striking beauty, an odd beauty in this, her debut movie.