Carl Theodor Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer

special edition box set

DVD - 2001 | Danish
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Carl Th. Dreyer, my metier: An elegant documentary of Carl Th. Dreyer that is a collage of memories and reflection of one of cinema's greatest directors. Director of photography, Harald Paalgard ; editor, Ghita Beckendorff ; music, Anders Koppel.
Gertrud: A woman leaves her unfulfilling marriage and embarks on a search for ideal love - but neither a passionate affair nor the return to an old romance can provide the answer she seeks. Also stars, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe ; director of photography, Henning Bendtsen ; music, Jørgen Jersild ; costume designer, Berit Nykjær ; production designer, Kai Rasch. Adapted from a play by Hjalmar Söderberg.
Ordet: A farmers family is torn apart by faith, sanctity, and love. A challenge to simple facts and dogmatic orthodoxy. Also stars, Preben Lerdoff Rye, Cay Kristiansen ; director of photography, Henning Bendtsen, John Carlsen, Erik Wittrup Willumsen ; music, Poul Schierbeck. From the play by Kaj Munk.
Day of wrath: Anna, the young wife of a much older paster, falls in love with her stepson. Also stars, Sigrid Neiiendan ; director of photography, Karl Andersson. Based on the novel "Anne Pedersdotter" by Hans Wiers-Jenssens.
Publisher: [Chicago] : Criterion Collection : Home Vision Entertainment, [2001]
ISBN: 9780780024236
0780024230
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE CARL
Characteristics: optical,mono
4 videodiscs (Not rated)(432 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 22 pages booklet
Notes: Special features: new digital transfers of all the films, supervised by "Gertrud" cinematographer Henning Bendtsen; interviews with cast members from "Day of wrath", "Ordet", and "Gertrud"; archival footage of Dreyer during the production of "Gertrud"; interviews with Dreyer cinematographers Henning Bendtsen and Sørgen Roos; a 22 page booklet including a reprint of Dreyer's essay "Thoughts of My métier"; an extensive essay by Dreyer Scholar Edvin Kau; still galleries accompaning each film; "Gertrud" enhanced for 16x9 screens
Originally produced as motion pictures in 1943 (Day of wrath), 1955 (Ordet), 1965 (Gertrud) and 1995 (Carl Th. Dreyer, my metier)

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Aug 14, 2017

I found these four dvd's engrossing. I speculate a bit: Dryer was orphaned early and faced perhaps emotional cruelty from his foster parents. Neglect and abuse are natural when love is absent. The films here put love at the center of things. Perhaps Dryer has realized love in his passion for filmic expression. 'Ordet' (word, as in word of or from God) was referenced by viewers of the very fine 'Silent Light' as inspirational. 'Day of Wrath' will probably stay with you longer than the one week Dryer claims a film often lasts as a buoy to your life. 'Gertrude' might have found a narrower audience. It took one of the leads three viewings to realize its worth. 'Metier' offers much that is worthwhile but is probably not in the category of film which Dryer espoused, offering transcendence to ordinary people.

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