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

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Referenced in Epidemic (1987)See more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Simple, Yet Powerful, 19 October 2008
Author: schinichirospike from United States

When watching this film, do not expect it to provide a satisfying ending, nor expect it to spell everything out word for word. The purpose of this film is to get the viewer to think.

Leth's framing of shots is meticulous; each and every angle is designed to draw the viewer to a more appreciative and intimate understanding of the perfect human. His heavily repetitious narration and slightly mismatched word/picture relations creates an atmosphere of awkward feelings; yet, the actors provide a warm, comical relief by doing every day things that we can relate to in sometimes silly manners. The dialogue, although brief, is heavily weighted and contributes to the characteristics of how we view man and woman.

However, "what" the perfect human is supposed to be is left for you to decide. Consider very carefully in this film the relationship between man and woman, the imperfections that contribute to a man's perfection, things man takes for granted, and what man truly longs for. This is an excellent film in which Jorgen Leth designed a question for "you" to interpret in your own feelings and manners: What do you think the perfect human is?

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