CARL TH. DREYER, MY MÉTIER

TORBEN SKJØDT JENSEN

Boasting wonderful footage of Dreyer and quotations from his writings on the aesthetics of cinema, this look at the life, ideas and extraordinary achievements of a maestro renowned for his modesty and for his quiet strength of will also features interviews with many who worked with him, including actors Lisbeth Movin, Birgitte Federspiel and Preben Lerdorff Rye, and cinematographer Henning Bendtsen. 

“The first creating impulse for a film comes from the writer, but from the moment the poetic foundation is laid, it is the director’s task to give the film its style. The many artistic details are born through his initiative. It ought to be his feelings and moods that colour the film and that awaken corresponding feelings and moods in the spectator’s mind. Through the style he infuses the work with a soul – and that is what makes it art. It is for him to give the film a face – namely his own.” (Carl Dreyer)

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