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 »
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
Tore takes over the rundown family farm. Applying his youthful energy, he intends to make it into a big farm like Glomgården on the other side of the river, where beautiful Berit lives. ... See full summary »
Based on the 1918 novel 'Elsker hverandre' by Aage Madelung, the film follows various lives, one of which is Jewish girl Hanne Liebe, as she grows up, and experiences the pains of living as a Jew in Russia, leading to a revolution.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
After seeing D. W. Griffith's epic Intolerance, Denmark's greatest director, Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr), was inspired to make his own four-episode historical epic with each story told end to end, anthology-style, linked by theme to the others. The unifying character, Satan, attempts to win God's favor but is doomed to cheerless participation in dark episodes of human history: the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918. Few directors resisted compromise and convention the way Dreyer did; fortunately, the Nordisk Film Company was artistically progressive by Hollywood standards and agreed that this should be a prestige film made to the highest standards. More than two years in production, Dreyer not only directed but also controlled every facet of this ambitious production.Written by
Decided to view this film because I wanted to see what other countries in Europe were watching in their movie houses in 1921. The director, Carl Theodor Dreyer had a great talent and produced many interesting films through out his lifetime. This film showed how the devil down through the centuries was able to destroy peoples souls, including Judas in betraying Jesus to the Roman soldiers. There was a bargain that God had with the devil according to this story, where the devil would continue to remain on earth to fight for human souls and their destruction. All the actors performed with excellent skill for the Year 1921 and the fact that it was a silent film. It was very interesting to see the outdoor scenery in various countries and also observe the old furniture and customs.
In one scene in Finland, the family who had young infants, seemed to keep them in a closet with a cloth curtain as a door and hung in a cradle held by straps! If you get a chance to view this film, it is really worth the time.
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