Gösta Berlings Saga restored and extended

The classic Swedish silent film Gösta Berlings Saga has been restored by the Swedish Film Institute.

Directed by Mauritz Stiller and based on Selma Lagerlof’s novel, the film also marks the debut of the great actress Greta Garbo, who went on to become a big name in Hollywood.

The new version is 16 minutes longer than the previous restoration from the mid 1970s. The has also regained its original format, it’s original colour tinting and the text screens have been updated to look as they did in the 1924 premiere. The restoration work was carried out at the Swedish Film Institute’s laboratory in Rotebro.

The restored version is going to be available in the digital cinema format later this year.

You can learn more about it at the Swedish Film Institute website here. 

Watch an older clip from the film below:


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.

  1. Scott Lord says:

    Thank you very much. Apparently archivist John Wengstrom has been working on the restoration in the tradition of Gosta Werner.

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