Originally titled <I>Tomas Graals basta film</I>, Mauritz Stiller's Swedish comedy Thomas Graal's Best Film is one of the first movies about movies. Victor Sjostrom plays a screenwriter, struggling to cope with the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Sjostrom's effort to succeed in the film industry are complicated by his romance with a rich man's daughter. The leading lady is played by Karin Molander, who happened to be Mrs. Victor Sjostrom. Though the plot is pure sitcom fluff, Thomas Graal's Best Film offers a tantalizing behind-the-scenes glimpse of Swedish movie-making techniques, vintage 1917.
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