Michael

Michael Germany (1924) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer  We like to think homosexuality in cinema is a relatively recent development with the last couple of decades seeing its rise in becoming a subgenre. But as this classic silent film attests, it has been tackled before on the silver screen, in a far more subtle and less … Continue reading Michael

The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La passion de Jeanne d’Arc)

The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La passion de Jeanne d'Arc) France (1928) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer I don’t think I have ever approached a film with more trepidation than I have this one, simply because of the (pardon the pun) deific standing it has among film buffs and historians alike. There are some classic … Continue reading The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (La passion de Jeanne d’Arc)

Day of Wrath (Vredens dag)

Day of Wrath (Vredens dag) Denmark (1943) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer In a Danish village in 1623 an old woman, Herlofs Marte (Anna Svierkier), is accused of being a witch. She seeks refuge from Anne (Lisbeth Movin), the young second wife of the aged local pastor, Absalon Pedersson (Thorkild Roose) as Absalon had spared Anne’s … Continue reading Day of Wrath (Vredens dag)

Gertrud

Gertrud Denmark (1964) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer Gertrud (Nina Pens Rode) is a former opera singer married to lawyer and rising politician Gustav Kanning (Bendt Rothe) but believes her husband is more in love with his career and status than her. She announces that she has a lover in younger pianist Erland Jansson (Baard Owe) and … Continue reading Gertrud