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They Caught the Ferry (1948)

De nåede færgen (original title)
A man and a woman on a motorcycle arrive with a ferry to Assens. They want to catch the next ferry in Nyborg, on the other side of the island, but this ferry will leave in three quarters of... See full summary »

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Joseph Koch
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A man and a woman on a motorcycle arrive with a ferry to Assens. They want to catch the next ferry in Nyborg, on the other side of the island, but this ferry will leave in three quarters of an hour and the ferry berth is 70 km away. The road has lot of curves, but they ride the bike in a high speed. An old-fashioned car has left the ferry in Assens at the same time as the motorcycle. They try to overtake the car on the road, but the driver won't let them pass. When they take a chance on his right side, the motorcycle smashes into a tree. The Ferryman takes the bodies of the man and the woman on his boat to the land of the dead. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Carl Theodor Dreyer's script for this short subject was an adaptation of a story by Danish author Johannes V. Jensen, who won the Nobel Prize in 1944, several years before this film was made. The concept for the film was the producer's, not Dreyer's. See more »

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Oh, that Dreyer...what a comic!
8 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is a bit of a comedy...something unusual but not unprecedented for director Carl Theodor Dreyer. Usually the guy is associated with very serious religious films and films about religious hypocrisy but this time he took a break from that sort of thing to make this very dark comedy.

When the film begins, a man on a motorcycle asks the ferry attendant how long until the ferry down river leaves. He's told it's leaving in only 45 minutes...and it's 70 kilometers from there. Despite this, the motorcycle rider and his girlfriend insist that they'll make it on time. So, for a very, very long time (or so it seems) you see the motorcycle racing through the countryside. Now remember...this is a Dreyer film and Dreyer is beloved by the artsy viewers...so in addition to showing the couple on the motorcycle, you are treated to lots of extraneous shots of the front wheel, the sky and many other things. It's an art film...so deal with that. Ultimately, there IS a funny payoff...if death and irony is the sort of thing that produces belly laughs in you. As for me, it was mildly entertaining and nasty...and I mean that in a good way.


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

12 May 1948 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Assens, Fyn, Denmark

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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