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December 17, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud
Nina Pens Rode in Gertrude. 1964. Denmark. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Nina Pens Rode in Gertrude. 1964. Denmark. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

These notes accompany screenings of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud on December 18, 19, and 20 in Theater 3.

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), like Orson Welles, is generally considered one of the greatest of filmmakers in spite of a relatively small output spread over half a century. Read more

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August 21, 2012  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Carl Th. Dreyer’s Ordet (The Word)

The Word. 1954. Denmark. Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer

These notes accompany screenings of Carl Th. Dreyer’s Ordet (The Word) on August 15, 16, and 17 in Theater 3.

A writer once referred to the “ravishing austerity” of Carl Th. Dreyer’s Ordet (the Word). Read more

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July 5, 2011  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Carl Th. Dreyer’s Day of Wrath

Day of Wrath. 1943. Denmark. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Day of Wrath. 1943. Denmark. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

These notes accompany the screenings of Carl Th. Dreyer’s Day of Wrath on July 6, 7, and 8 in Theater 3.

Despite being one of the greatest film directors, Carl Th. Dreyer (1889–1968) will probably always be considered an acquired taste. His best films are much too austere and demanding for even many serious moviegoers. Read more

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April 6, 2010  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc. 1928. France. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

The Passion of Joan of Arc. 1928. France. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

These notes accompany the screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc, April 8, 9, and 10 in Theater 3.

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968) made eight quality but unspectacular features between 1919 and 1926. In the ensuing four decades, he made only six more films—one of which he disowned. Yet he is always near the top of any informed list of the greatest film artists.

Dreyer spent much of his life as a journalist, film critic, and manager of a cinema in Denmark. He was not psychologically adept at raising funds for his projects or lending them a commercial appeal; he appears to have been as somber and uncompromising as his characters. (I once upset one of my curatorial colleagues by even suggesting that there might be a tiny bit of tongue-in-cheek humor in his 1932 horror film, Vampyr.) La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) (1928) has been acclaimed for over eighty years, but it was a financial flop, and even I recognize that it is entirely humorless. Read more