A big thanks to the SF Silent Film Festival for introducing me to this gem! A really dark, lustrous work where purity dukes it out with sin, neither deserves victory, and ordinary people get caught in the middle. It has a few of the drawbacks of silent melodrama, but the setpieces are stunning and you can feel the camera falling in love with Garbo. The Matti Bye score is an unconventional triumph of texture.
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.