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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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Trivia

Despite running 2 hours, there are less than 90 shots in the entire film and only one exterior scene. This may account for the outright hostility that greeted the film from the critical fraternity when it was first released. 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

Erland Jansson: Who are you, really?
Gertrud Kanning: I am many things.
Erland Jansson: Who?
Gertrud Kanning: The morning dew dripping from the leaves of the tree. White clouds sailing, no one knows where.
Erland Jansson: Who else are you?
Gertrud Kanning: I am the moon. I am the sky.
Erland Jansson: Are you anyone else?
Gertrud Kanning: Yes, I am a mouth. A mouth seeking another's mouth.
Erland Jansson: Sounds like a dream.
Gertrud Kanning: It is a dream. Life is a dream.
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Soundtracks

Vesti la giubba
(uncredited)
from "I Pagliacci"
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
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One of the FINEST movies I've ever seen. A piece of TRUE ART!
7 August 2001 | by uaxuctumSee all my reviews

I was completely shocked when I first saw this masterpiece, and I still get shocked every time I see it again.

Dreyer's long and austere takes will not, of course, be liked by many, easy-goers, because he achieved by them to tell the unspeakable, he reached true Art. But to appreciate this means to have previously developed and refined one's taste, a tough effort which unfortunately not everybody is willing to make. And I say unfortunately because when eventually getting to understand Dreyer's idiom you'll find out that what it can tell you is much greater and soul-satisfying that anything you can get via other more readily-understandable ways.


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