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Carl Th. Dreyer
AB Svensk Filmindustri
Dreyer made two Swedish films 23 years apart, both for AB Svensk Filmindustri. The first production, in 1920, went smoothly. The second production, in 1943, was fraught with problems and…
Perilous Performance: Dreyer's Unity of Danger and Beauty
Carl Th. Dreyer has been called everything from misunderstood genius, to reserved bourgeois director, to “The Tyrannical Dane” as Paul Moor put it in his 1951 article in which, consequently, he also…
Plot summary / Gertrud
The story of a great woman, the passionate Gertrud, a former well-known singer, now married to an eminent lawyer.
Reception / Gertrud
Gertrud was received in two rounds. The world premiere took place in Paris on 18 December 1964.
Biography - Extended
Carl Theodor Dreyer is the most important director in Danish cinema. In international film history, too, he ranks as one of the greatest artists of all time. Born out of wedlock, Dreyer was adopted…
Plot summary / Leaves from Satan's Book
In four episodes, we witness how Satan (Nissen), accursed by God, must walk the Earth and tempt men to do evil; he can only hope to be delivered from his curse if someone resists him, but few do.
Reception / Leaves from Satan's Book
Norwegian premiere: 15 November 1920.Danish premiere: 24 January 1921.
Plot summary / Once upon a time
Once Upon a Time is based on a popular Danish nationalistic play from 1887, with a storyline that blends Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Swineherd with Shakespeare's
Reception / Once Upon a Time
According to Martin Drouzy (in Carl Th. Dreyer – født Nilsson, 1982), Once Upon a Time was shown 32 times at Palads and got mixed reviews.
Bibliography / Once upon a time
Dreyer and the national film in Denmark / Casper Tybjerg. In: Film History, vol. 13, no. 1, 2001, s. 23-36.
The Dreyer Family
In 1982, the film historian Martin Drouzy published the first major biography of Dreyer and his life, Carl Th. Dreyer født Nilsson (Carl Th. Dreyer, born Nilsson). Dreyer’s daughter, Gunni, the…
Clara Pontoppidan appears in two films by Dreyer. She plays Siri, a telegraph operator’s wife, in the fourth episode of "Leaves from Satan’s Book" (1921), and the lead role as the princess of…