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Carl Th. Dreyer: My Métier (1995)

Carl Th. Dreyer: Min metier (original title)
Carl Theodor Dreyer is a young journalist in Copenhagen when he gets involved in the early Danish film industry. He writes scripts and inter-titles, and for some years he is the main editor... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Clara Pontoppidan ... Self (archive footage)
Hélène Falconetti Hélène Falconetti ... Self
Lisbeth Movin ... Self
Preben Lerdorff Rye Preben Lerdorff Rye ... Self
Jørgen Roos Jørgen Roos ... Self
Birgitte Federspiel ... Self
Henning Bendtsen Henning Bendtsen ... Self
Baard Owe ... Self
Axel Strøbye ... Self
Brian Patterson Brian Patterson ... Director's Voice
David Bateson ... Comments
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Theodor Dreyer ... Self (archive footage)


Carl Theodor Dreyer is a young journalist in Copenhagen when he gets involved in the early Danish film industry. He writes scripts and inter-titles, and for some years he is the main editor at Nordisk Film. After those years of apprenticeship he gets the opportunity to direct his first film in 1917. Dreyer wanted his films to carry his personal imprints down to the smallest details, and already in his first silent movies it's possible to find stylistic traits that characterize his entire film production until his last film in 1964. The settings of his first films are naturalistic, but for Dreyer realism is not an art in itself. Only psychological realism is. His main interest is not the outer life, but the inner, emotional life of human beings. Emotions are most visible in facial expressions, and Dreyer's films are full of close-ups of human faces. By capturing the subtle, visual expressions of his characters, Dreyer tries to reveal the feelings they conceal and the storms that are ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Technically it is well made but it will probably bore most viewers.
8 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary is about a legendary director, Carl Theodor Dreyer. Although he was a far from prolific man (he only directed about a dozen features in his long career), he is hailed by some as one of the greatest directors of all time--with films like "The Passion of Joan of Arc", "Vampyr" and "Ordet" to his directorial credits.

Let's be honest here--most people today have no idea WHO Carl Theodor Dreyer was nor would they be interested in his films. Now I am not saying they are bad, but lovers of silent cinema and Danish films are not exactly easy to find. He's a beloved figure among film snobs and film students--and these are exactly the folks I'd recommend the documentary for and not most others. In addition to this, I should point out that this documentary is well made (I was shocked at all the great interviews they've done and assembled) but it also is rather boring after a while--especially towards the end. It could have definitely used an infusion of more energy.

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Danish | French

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28 December 1995 (Denmark) See more »

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