THE SAGA OF GÖSTA BERLING (Mauritz Stiller, 1924)

From Selma Lagerlöf’s 1891 novel (her first), Mauritz Stiller’s Gösta Berlings saga, irritating in butchered versions, sparkles with both feminist and spiritual passion in the three-hour 1975 restoration that’s now widely available on DVD. Here is the silent film that made teenaged Greta Garbo, Stiller’s discovery, a star—indeed, cinema’s greatest female star. Fifteen years earlier, […]