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Ole John (script) &
Jørgen Leth (script)
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1967 (Denmark) See more »
An elegant and humorous film-in the guise of a serious anthropological treatise-spotlights "The Perfect Human," a model of the modern Dane created by our wishful thinking. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Majken Algren Nielsen ... The Perfect Woman (as Maiken Algren)
Claus Nissen ... The Perfect Man
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Jørgen Leth ... Speaker (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jørgen Leth 
Writing credits
Ole John (script) &
Jørgen Leth (script)

Original Music by
Henning Christiansen 
Cinematography by
Henning Camre 
Ole John 
Film Editing by
Knud Hauge 
Sound Department
Kaj Gram Larsen .... sound (uncredited)

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"Det perfekte menneske" - Denmark (original title)
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Denmark:13 min

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A very puzzling film, 14 June 2013
Author: jhofnug from United States

At first I did not know what to make of this film. I was disappointed, but it felt like I had probably missed something, like there must be some underlying message which I was most likely not interpreting correctly. I spent days trying to figure it out, and then I realized it: both critics who say this film is boring and a waste of time, and those who say it is an entertaining depiction of our human nature have missed the point.

The perfect human, as shown in it's true form in this "documentary", has no responsibilities, no space, no time and no subjectivity at all; the perfect human only knows his own needs (sleeping, eating, making love), he is constantly idle, alienated and empty. The perfect human is a profoundly uninteresting creature. From this perspective, the apparent pointlessness of the film is precisely the point which the film is trying to make: that perfection is dull, silly and undesirable. It portrays our human nature by reaching inside us as viewers (and not by leading us inside the characters of the film) and making us feel estranged from our own dynamic reality - the imperfect reality that actually makes us perfectly humans.

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