Charles XII (film)

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Charles XII
Directed by John W. Brunius
Produced by Herman Rasch
Written by Hjalmar Bergman
Starring Gösta Ekman
Bengt Djurberg
Augusta Lindberg
Mona Mårtenson
Music by Otto Trobäck
Cinematography Hugo Edlund
Distributed by Historisk Film
Release dates
2 February 1925 (part I)
16 November 1925 (part II)
Running time
6 hours
Country Sweden
Language Silent
Swedish intertitles

Charles XII (Swedish: Karl XII) is a 1925 Swedish silent historical film directed by John W. Brunius and starring Gösta Ekman, Bengt Djurberg and Augusta Lindberg. Because of its long running time of nearly six hours, it was released in two separate parts. The film depicts the life of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718) who oversaw the expansion of the Swedish Empire until its defeat at the Battle of Poltava. It was the most expensive production in Swedish history when it was made, and inspired a string of large budget Swedish historical films.[1]



  1. Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema p.228-29


  • Sundholm, John & Thorsen, Isak & Andersson, Lars Gustaf & Hedling, Olof & Iversen, Gunnar & Moller, Birgir Thor. Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2012.

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