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17 November 1924 (Denmark) See more »
Triangle story: painter, his young male model, unscrupulous princess. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Walter Slezak ... Michael
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

Grete Mosheim ... Mrs. Alice Adelsskjold

Karl Freund ... LeBlanc - Art Dealer
Wilhelmine Sandrock ... Widow de Monthieu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mady Christians ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Theodor Dreyer  (as Carl-Th. Dreyer)
Writing credits
Herman Bang (based on the novel of the same name by)

Thea von Harbou (adaptation and screenplay) &
Carl Theodor Dreyer (adaptation and screenplay) (as Carl-Th. Dreyer)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Joseph Vieth 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund (photographed by)
Rudolph Maté (photographed by)
Costume Design by
Hugo Häring (costumes by)
Art Department
Hugo Häring .... sets
Music Department
Neal Kurz .... music compiler (2004 alternate version)
Neal Kurz .... musician (2004 alternate version)
Other crew
David Shepard .... video producer (2004 alternate version)
Bret Hampton .... with appreciation to (2004 alternate version)
Monica Paulsen .... with appreciation to (2004 alternate version)
Ulrich Ruedel .... with appreciation to (2004 alternate version)
Bret Wood .... with appreciation to (2004 alternate version)

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Also Known As:
"Chained" - USA
"Chained: The Story of the Third Sex" - USA
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Canada:93 min | USA:86 min (2004 alternate version) | 90 min (20 fps, 2006 restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:S | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Motto (titlecard):Motto: Now I can die in peace for I have known a great love.
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Referenced in Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (2011)See more »


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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Unjustly unknown, 21 November 2005
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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