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

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Princess Lucia Zamikoff
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Charles Switt - Journalist
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Claude Zoret
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Duc de Monthieu
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Mr. Adelsskjold
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Mrs. Alice Adelsskjold
Karl Freund ...
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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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17 November 1924 (Denmark)  »

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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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I actually found it a little bland
4 August 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the major significances of Carl Theodor Dreyer's "Michael" is that it is one of the earliest movies that focus on homosexuality (although some earlier movies also did). Elderly painter Claude Zoret (Benjamin Christensen) becomes infatuated with his subject Michael (Walter Slezak), while amoral princess Lucia Zamikov* (Nora Gregor) enters both their lives.

Despite the look at the relationship between the artist and his subject, I actually found most of the movie to be kind of tedious. It sort of came across as a look at bored rich people. Maybe that's just my interpretation. The main focus is good, but the rest simply lost me. Still, the movie is worth seeing as an important part of film history, and in particular as part of LGBT-themed cinema.

*That's how it should be spelled.

PS: Benjamin Christensen had previously directed and starred in the witch-themed "Häxan", and Walter Slezak later played the Clock King on the 1960s "Batman".


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