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The Springtime of Life (1912)

I lifvets vår (original title)
Little Gerta, when her mother dies. is brought to her father, Carl Von Seydling, a government official, who deserted his wife and child a few years before. Councilor Van Seydling found the ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Garbagni

Writers:

August Blanche (novel), Paul Garbagni (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Victor Sjöström ... Cyril Alm
Mauritz Stiller ... Lieutenant Plæin
Georg af Klercker ... Von Seydling
Selma Wiklund af Klercker Selma Wiklund af Klercker ... Gerda
Anna Norrie Anna Norrie ... Mrs Alm
Astrid Engelbrecht Astrid Engelbrecht ... Sara Andersson
Victor Arfvidson ... Brooms
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Little Gerta, when her mother dies. is brought to her father, Carl Von Seydling, a government official, who deserted his wife and child a few years before. Councilor Van Seydling found the child's presence in his household to be cumbersome and for that reason turned her over to one Sarah Anderson, a nurse. Although Van Seydling did not know it, the Anderson woman was a notorious fagin. She promptly sold Gerta to a beggar, who taught her to beg and to steal. One of her begging trips brings Gerta to the attention of a young man named Alm Stoddard, He becomes interested in the pretty child and upon learning her story is horrified. The police are notified. They arrest her supposed father, but Sarah Anderson escapes. Little Gerta is adopted by Alm's mother and grows to be a beautiful young woman. Alm falls in love with her, but Gerta has lost her heart to the dashing Lieutenant Wiles. Through Alm's efforts the character of this man is shown to Gerta, and thus she is warned in time. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

Sweden | France

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

1 August 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Springtime of Life See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Frères Filial See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2008 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It provides real entertainment
20 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This fine three-part picture is notable not only for its good story, fine settings and excellent acting, but for the quality of its photography and its light effects. The latter factor is of so pronounced a value that it will be noticed by those who usually give little heed to anything but the story and its working out. The picture also is valuable as furnishing another answer to the question: Why multiple reels? It comes on a day when the regular program of the licensed companies is weak and colorless; it provides real entertainment. No one will deny that in a company producing single and multiple-reel pictures the standard of quality of the latter is higher. In "The Springtime of Life" there is a well-staged theater fire. - The Moving Picture World, August 16, 1913


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