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Michael (1924)
"Mikaël" (original title)

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Triangle story: painter, his young male model, unscrupulous princess.

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Cast overview:
Walter Slezak ...
Max Auzinger ...
Jules - Majordomo
Nora Gregor ...
Princess Lucia Zamikoff
Robert Garrison ...
Charles Switt - Journalist
Benjamin Christensen ...
Claude Zoret
Didier Aslan ...
Duc de Monthieu
Alexander Murski ...
Mr. Adelsskjold
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Mrs. Alice Adelsskjold
Karl Freund ...
LeBlanc - Art Dealer
Wilhelmine Sandrock ...
Widow de Monthieu
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Mikaël is an artist who rises as his teacher, the aging Zoret, falls. Zoret gives Mikaël his start, and their relationship is sexual as well. Then Mikaël takes up with the Princess Zamikoff, selling gifts from Zoret and even stealing from the master to pay for his carnal and luxurious life with her. He abandons Zoret, whose health begins to fail but who also discovers spirituality in his solitude. In a subplot, Alice Adelsskjold cuckolds her husband and takes a lover, the Duke of Monthieu; their relationship, infused with the eroticism of art, also gives way to religion as the duke becomes ill. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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17 November 1924 (Denmark)  »

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Chained  »

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When the painter Claude Zoret is talking to Mikael's creditor he switches from standing up to sitting down back to standing up between shots. See more »

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Motto (titlecard): Motto: Now I can die in peace for I have known a great love.
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21 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silent drama about gay painter Claude Zoret (Benjamin Christensen) and his model/lover Mikael (Walter Slezak). A beautiful countess (Nora Gregor) commissions Zoret to paint her. He does but Mikael starts to fall in love with her. He drifts farther apart from Zoret and their relationship begins to crumble...

Being a gay man and a film addict I was surprised I had never heard of this film! It just popped up unannounced on TCM and I'm glad I taped it. A 1924 film dealing with gay men was way ahead of its time. Their relationship is not made explicit--it's mostly communicated by looks, gestures, dialogue and (in one instance) hand holding. Still that was groundbreaking for that day. It does have the predictable tragic ending...but that was the way it would have to end. It was refreshing to see that their relationship was portrayed as no big deal and no one makes a fuss over it. Very well done.

The acting is just great. It's astonishing to see Slezak so young and handsome and THIN. Christensen was just great too. Gregor isn't that good--but she's not given much to work with. Also this was beautifully directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. The version I saw also had a very good music score given to in by Kino International in 2004.

A very good, groundbreaking movie. It really deserves a wider audience. I give it an 8 because it IS a little slow at times.


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