Director, scriptwriter and actor. Born in Helsinki, Finland, died in Stockholm, Sweden. Original name Moshe Stiller.
Mauritz Stiller (1883-1928) is alongside Victor Sjöström the biggest name in Swedish silent cinema. Stiller grew up in a Russian-Jewish family in Helsinki, Finland, but left for Sweden were he worked in the theatre, both as an actor and as a director. In 1912 he was hired by Charles Magnusson to direct films for Svenska Biografteatern. Just like his colleague Sjöström, Stiller was very prolific in his first years as a film director. During 1912-16 he directed no less than 34 films, in different genres. The most remarkable of these early films was Vingarne / The Wings (1916), an adaptation of Danish writer Herman Bang’s novel Mikael. Stiller added a framing structure to the story, showing the production of the film itself and how it is received by critics and audience.
This self-reflexive element is also present in Stiller’s Thomas… read more
Guilt, repression, and deception are examined in this epic drama. And like more epics it has its hills and valleys; from the really good moments (like the beginning scenes and the horse chase across the ice) to the dull moments (certain conversations and flashbacks). And with good performances (Garbo standing out in her scenes) and a redemptive ending I'm glad I saw this one.