Tag Archives: Denmark
Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Drama, Fantasy
How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Widowed Patriarch Borgen, who’s rather prominent in his community, has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, Johannes, who believes he is Jesus, and Anders, young, slight, in love with the tailor’s daughter.
Once Upon a Time / Der var engang (1922) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Clara Pontoppidan, Svend Methling, Peter Jerndorff, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Leaves from Satan’s Book / Blade af Satans bog (1920) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Jacob Texiere, Drama
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.
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.
Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands / Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve (2015) Christian Braad Thomsen, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irm Hermann, Harry Baer, Documentary
Thomsen presents previously unseen interview footage recorded with Fassbinder throughout their fifteen-year friendship, which spans exactly the length of his career – their first encounter was at the Berlinale in 1969 where Fassbinder’s debut was famously booed (you can hear the cries of “Awful!” and “Shame!” on the archive footage), and their last was just three weeks before his untimely death.
In the Sign of the Gemini / I Tvillingernes tegn (1975) Werner Hedman, Ole Søltoft, Preben Mahrt, Cia Löwgren, Comedy, Romance, Erotic
It’s 1930 and two record producers are competing to sign a big contract with the leading singer of the day. One kidnaps the other, thinking it’s in the bag – unaware that his competitor has a twin who will step in to save the day.
Mord i mørket / Murder in the Dark (1986) Sune Lund-Sørensen, Michael Falch, Line Knutzon, Ove Sprogøe, Crime
A journalist is trying to find out about the murder of a friend in Copenhagen’s red light district. The victim was the owner of a bar at Halmtorvet. Soon, his investigations in the world of pimps and petty criminals opens up a pandora’s box of organised crime and the journalist finds himself caught between police and gangsters involved in drug trafficking. The culprit is brought to justice in the end. But the price is high.
Christine – a picture restorer – is terminally ill. While being cared for by those who love her she fades in and out of consciousness remembering things past and imagining herself being reunited in the afterworld with her late husband. Around this main theme the film wraps a scenography of excuisite beauty coupled with references to artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Italo Calvino and Sofonisba Anguissola in order to explore the impermanence of human existance.