The Swedish silent film classic The Saga of Gösta Berling has been selected to screen at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival next month.
Starring Greta Garbo, the film is based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf and is one of the key films from the golden age of Swedish silent cinema, which took place throughout the 1910’s and early 1920’s. The films were known for having a strong literary connection and also tended to show iconic Swedish imagery, such as landscapes. The film is directed by Mauritz Stiller, one of the leading forces behind this golden age alongside Victor Sjöström.
The Swedish Film Institute is a strong presence at the festival, with film archivist Jon Wengström giving a seminar and also accepting an award for his work at the Film Archive. Jon Wengström will talk about Greta Garbo rarities at the Pacific Film Archive.
The Saga of Gösta Berling will screen on the 2nd of June with a live musical accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble.
Also screening at the festival is Carl Th. Dreyer’s Master of the House, which is a silent comedy set in Norway.