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Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968)


The illegitimate son of a Swedish farmer and his housekeeper, Dreyer spent his early years in Danish foster homes before being adopted by a strict Lutheran family. He became a journalist in 1910, and entered films as a title writer, then scriptwriter and eventually director. His first film showed little promise or talent, but he found his mature ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 79) in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Filmography

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 1988 Medea (TV Movie) (original screenplay)
 1964 Gertrud (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
 1956 Noget om Norden (Short)
 1955 Ordet (uncredited)
 1954 Rønnes og Nexøs genopbygning (Documentary)
 1954 Et slot i et slot: Krogen og Kronborg (Documentary short)
 1950 Shakespeare og Kronborg (Short)
 1950 Storstrømsbroen (Documentary short)
 1949 Thorvaldsen (Documentary short) (writer)
 1948 They Caught the Ferry (Short) (writer)
 1947 Kampen mod kræften (Short)
 1947 Landsbykirken (Short)
 1947 The Seventh Age (Short documentary)
 1946 Vandet på landet (Short documentary)
 1943 Day of Wrath (uncredited)
 1942 Mødrehjælpen (Short documentary)
 1932 Vampyr (screenplay - as Carl Th. Dreyer)
 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc (writer)
 1924 Michael (adaptation and screenplay - as Carl-Th. Dreyer)
 1920 Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (uncredited)
 1920 The Parson's Widow (screen adaptation - as Carl Th. Dreyer)
 1919 Grevindens ære (writer)
 1919 Gillekop (writer)
 1919 The President (writer)
 1918 Glædens Dag (writer)
 1918 Lydia (writer)
 1917 Fange no. 113
 1916 Guldets gift
 1916 Money
 1913 Hans og Grethe (writer)
 1913 Elskovs opfindsomhed (Short)
 1913 Chatollets hemmelighed (writer)
 1913 The War Correspondents (writer)
 1913 The Hidden Message (writer)
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Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Carl T. Dreyer | Carl Th. Dreyer | Carl-Th. Dreyer | Carl Dreyer

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

My apprenticeship [at Nordisk Film studio in Copenhagen, Denmark] lasted five years, and I don't think many have had a better schooling. After all, it's from the daily grind of making films that you learn the craft. See more »

Trivia:

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 265-273. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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