FLICKAN I FRACK is a comedy heavily relying on the dialogue conveyed in the intertitles, almost to the point where one could say that it works, despite being silent. The script was written by Hjalmar Bergman, a famous novelist and playwright, who first tried his luck at scriptwriting for the cinema in the late 1910s, mainly for Victor Sjöström (he even joined the director in Hollywood for a few months in 1924). Many of Bergman’s film scripts were adaptations of his own works, and they don’t always work very well for the screen, but that for FLICKAN I FRACK, based on his own novel published the previous year, is arguably his best.
The film was directed by Karin Swanström, one of the few female filmmakers of the period. Swanström was also successful as an actress in the 1920s. In FLICKAN I FRACK she plays the widow of the county priest, shown to be pulling all the strings in the life of the small town, and has a memorable scene with Georg Blomstedt, in which they contemplate the fact that they are both approaching the end of their lives.
Jon Wengström, Catalogue Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, 2013