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Victor Sjöström
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Filmmaker
    (September 20, 1879-January 3, 1960)
    Born in Arjäng, Sweden
    Directed over fifty films, including 'The Sons of Ingmar' (1919), 'The Phantom Carriage' (1921), 'He Who Gets Slapped' (1924), 'Name the Man' (1924), 'The Scarlet Letter' (1926), 'The Wind' (1928), 'A Lady in Love' (1930), and 'Under the Red Robe' (1937)
    Artistic director of Svensk Film Industri (1943-49)
    He was an unsuccessful donut salesman before going into theater and then film.
    Many of his films are lost.
    During a stint in Hollywood, he Anglicized his last name to 'Seastrom.'
    His directing style became outdated when talking films arrived.
    He and actress Edith Erastoff (also his third wife) had two children while she was still married to her first husband.
    Charlie Chaplin called him 'the greatest director in the world.' (1929)
    He did extensive location shooting before it was a common practice.
    Two of the films he directed, 'He Who Gets Slapped' and 'The Wind,' were chosen by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry for being 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.'
    He received the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for 'Wild Strawberries.' (1959)
    Director Ingmar Bergman said he would not have made 'Wild Strawberries' if Sjöström had not agreed to star in it.

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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