Flesh, Death and the Devil

3 Nordic film directors: Sjöström, Christensen and Stiller

To complement the exhibition The Angel of the Odd, the Musée d'Orsay is organising a festival of the masters of Scandinavian silent films: Victor Sjöström (1879-1960), Mauritz Stiller (1883-1928) and Benjamin Christensen (1879-1959), to be screened in the nave. These films highlight the legends, fantasy and melodrama in their work.
A whole new area of fantasy cinema was invented in these films through the representation of ghosts, demons, and even the Devil himself. Their formal qualities also helped create the supernatural atmosphere: the contrast between light and shade plays a central role along with the use of double exposure to evoke spirits, spectres or hallucinations. Melodrama tips over into a form of dream world, a madness, or a darkness reminiscent of the Gothic novel.
Through their visual artistry, their feeling for the supernatural and their fascination with the elements of nature, these three directors continue the rich tradition of Nordic imagery, pictorial and yet inspired by literature, in particular by the works of Selma Lagerlöf, Henrik Ibsen and Herman Bang.

With thanks to:
Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, La Cineteca del Friuli, Festival International de la Rochelle, Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, George Eastman House, SOFTITRAGE, UCLA Film & Television Archive

27 April - 19 May 2013
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Terje Vigen [A Man There Was]
Victor Sjöström
917. Silent. Sweden

Director: Victor Sjöström
Screenplay: Gustaf Molander and Victor Sjöström, based on a work by Henrik Ibsen
Cast: Victor Sjöström, Bergliot Husberg, August Falk

 



Sat 27 April 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru [The Outlaw and His Wife]
Victor Sjöström
1918. Silent. Sweden

Director: Victor Sjöström
Screenplay: Sam Ask, Victor Sjöström, based on a play by Jóhann Sigurjónsson
Cast: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, Nils Arehn

 



Sat 27 April 2013 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Klostret i Sendomir [The Monastery of Sendomir]
Victor Sjöström
1920. Silent. Sweden

Direction and screenplay: Victor Sjöström, based on a novel by Franz Grillparzer
Cast: Tore Svennberg, Tora Teje, Richard Lund



Sun 28 April 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Ingmarssönerna [Sons of Ingmar]
Victor Sjöström
1918. Silent. Sweden

Direction and screenplay: Victor Sjöström, based on a novel by Selma Lagerlöf
Cast: Victor Sjöström, Harriet Bosse, Tore Svennberg



Sun 28 April 2013 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Körkarlen [The Phantom Carriage]
Victor Sjöström
1921. Silent. Sweden

Direction and screenplay: Victor Sjöström, based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf
Cast: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg



Fri 3 May 2013 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Vingarne [The Wings]
Mauritz Stiller
1916. Silent. Sweden

Screenplay: Gustaf Molander, Mauritz Stiller, based on the noel by Herman Berg
Cast: Egil Eide, Lars Hanson, Lili Bech



Sat 4 May 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
He Who Gets Slapped
Victor Sjöström
1924. Silent. USA

Screenplay: Carey Wilson, Victor Sjöström, adapted from the play by Leonid Andreïv
Cast: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert



Sat 4 May 2013 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

Free screening for famlies
 
The Scarlet Letter
Victor Sjöström
1926. Silent. USA

Screenplay: Frances Marion, based on a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Cast: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Henry B. Walthall



Sun 5 May 2013 - 15h30
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Herr Arnes pengar [Sir Arne’s Treasure]
Mauritz Stiller
1919. Silent. Sweden

Screenplay: Gustaf Molander, based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf
Cast: Richard Lund, Mary Johnson, Axel Nilsson

 



Fri 10 May 2013 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Gösta Berlings Saga [The Saga of Gosta Berling]
Mauritz Stiller
1924. Silent. Sweden

Screenplay: Mauritz Stiller, Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius, based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf
Cast: Lars Hanson, Ellen Hartman-Cederström, Greta Garbo



Sat 11 May 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Det hemmelighedsfulde X [The Mysterious X]
Benjamin Christensen
1914. Silent. Denmark

Direction and screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Otto Reinwald

 



Sun 12 May 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Hævnens nat [Blind Justice]
Benjamin Christensen
1916. Silent. Denmark

Direction and screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Peter Fjelstrup, Jon Iversen



Sun 12 May 2013 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Mockery
Benjamin Christensen
1927. Silent. USA

Direction and screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Lon Chaney, Ricardo Cortez, Barbara Bedford



Sat 18 May 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
The Devil's Circus
Benjamin Christensen
1926. Silent. USA

Direction and screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack, Carmel Myers



Sun 19 May 2013 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

 
Seven Footprints to Satan
Benjamin Christensen
1929. Silent. USA

Direction and screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, Sheldon Lewis



Sun 19 May 2013 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2


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