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A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »
Victor Frandsen is a domestic tyrant. His wife Ida has to work as a slave for him and the rest of the family. She rises early to prepare everything for the day, she toils all day long, and ... See full summary »
Carl Theodor Dreyer
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The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant ... See full summary »
Carl Theodor Dreyer
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
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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