This film is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Nordic cinema and it is one of the films which made Bergman interested and fascinated by movies. Not only this, Körkarlen (1921) is considered to be one of the major influences of Bergman’s films and a movie which Ingmar watched at least once a year.
The story is a bit dickensian by which I mean that it somewhat resembles A Christmas Carol. To be noted that Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to ever receive a Nobel Prize for Literature.
I really liked the long shots and that Sjöström took the time for a feeling to set in. The characters didn’t move really fast and comically but as normal people do. I also like that he shot at night, even if he used blue tint, but the black is really impressive, which would not have happened if he would have filmed it during the day. Moreover, I really like the poster. Just look at it. To me it’s Don Quixote meets The Grapes of Wrath meets Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) (which I was lead to believe that F. W. Murnau got inspired after seeing Sjöström’s film).
I really don’t know what smart things to say about this movie. The story is good, it is considered as being one of the masterpieces of silent cinema, alongside (my favorite) The Gold Rush (1925), Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens and Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (1920). I say just try it and see it for yourself.