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Gertrud (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 2 June 1966 (USA)
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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Hjalmar Söderberg (play), Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
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Cast

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

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

2 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gertrud See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Palladium Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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One of Lars von Trier's favorite films. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gertrud Kanning: Give me your mouth
[kiss]
Gertrud Kanning: Your wonderful mouth.
Erland Jansson: Where do we go now?
Gertrud Kanning: Your place. Come.
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Soundtracks

Vesti la giubba
(uncredited)
from "I Pagliacci"
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
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Scandinavian sombreness has rarely been so devastatingly effective.
26 March 1999 | by angel-113See all my reviews

Dreyer's final film views as a testament to idealism, the desire to put love above everything else in life and the cruel reality which thwarts this. Gertrud is married to a wealthy lawyer, about to become a minister. However material wealth is all he can offer and spiritually she is starved. >

With a theatrical set-piece style characterized by long takes, Dreyer creates an intense and involving atmosphere. Passions are seen as the formative experiences in life in a society stifled by convention. Gertrud prefers nothing to having second best, she refuses to compromise her ideals. She resigns herself to a single life but retains in her mind the vibrancy of her chain of lost loves. A moving portrait of a strong woman. Scandinavian sombreness has rarely been so devastatingly effective.


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