Gertrud (1964)

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In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson


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Complete credited cast:
Nina Pens Rode ...
Gertrud Kanning
Bendt Rothe ...
Gustav Kanning
Ebbe Rode ...
Gabriel Lidman
Erland Jansson
Axel Strøbye ...
Axel Nygen
Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt
Vera Gebuhr ...
The Kannings' Maid
Lars Knutzon ...
Student orator
Anna Malberg ...
Kanning's mother
Edouard Mielche ...
The Rector Magnificus (as Edouard Mielché)


In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson. When he also fails to live up to her idealistic standards, she leaves him and imposes on herself a kind of exile of the heart. In flashbacks and in conversations laced with memories, we also learn of her affair with Gabriel, who still wishes she would go off with him, and we learn of her adolescence, with its early expression of her isolating ideal of absolute love. Written by <>

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Gertrud recounts a dream to Erland, where she was being chased by dogs and running through the forest naked. Later, when Gertrud falls ill and is escorted from the party, she is brought to a room where there is an enormous painting of a nude woman being attacked by dogs in a forest. See more »


When Gertrud walks across the room in order to give Axel his letters back, the shadow from the camera and equipment can clearly be seen on the back wall. See more »


Gertrud Kanning: When I understood it all, then my heart grew old.
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Vesti la giubba
from "I Pagliacci"
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
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17 September 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Carl Dreyer's film, Gertrud, is the last masterpiece of the great director. The history treat of the woman in isolation. Adapted from a 1920s play by Hjalmar Soberberg, Gertrud plays out in long takes, with few close-ups and exterior scenes.The pace and rhythm of the actions and interactions are retarded to the point that many of the conversations take on an almost incantatory quality. A small gesture and sound effect at the very end of the coda epitomize the complexity of feeling that Dreyer creates about the worldly renunciations and imaginative substitutions in Gertrud. Though initial critical reaction to the film was largely unfavorable. The picture is deliberate and reflective but not boring. I recommend.

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