Dreyer, Carl Th. - Michael (1924) Rb (Uk Import)
Releasedatum: 12 februari 2018
Based on Herman Bang s 1902 novel of the same name, Dreyer s film is a fascinating fin-de-siècle study of a decadent elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protégé and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by renowned architect Hugo Häring (his only film work), this Kammerspiel, or intimate theatre , foreshadows Dreyer s magnificent final film Gertrud, by forty years with its Now I may die content, for I have seen great love epigraph.
Michael was scripted by Dreyer with Fritz Lang s wife, Thea von Harbou ( Metropolis, M, etc). It stars the director Benjamin Christensen ( Häxan); Walter Slezak (Hitchcock s Lifeboat); Nora Gregor (Renoir s The Rules of the Game); Mady Christians (Ophüls Letter from an Unknown Woman); and Karl Freund (who also shot Metropolis) in his only ever appearance as an actor. Freund lensed most of Michael too, but left to work on Murnau s The Last Laugh, and Rudolph Maté took over.
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Carl Th. Dreyer s Michael for the first time ever on Blu-ray, from a new 2K restoration.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
Stunning 1080p presentation from a new 2K restoration
Score by Pierre Oser (piano, clarinet, cello) presented in uncompressed LPCM stereo
Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
Full-length audio commentary by Dreyer scholar, Casper Tybjerg
An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
An illustrated audio interview with Dreyer from 1965
A collector s booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; a reprint of Tom Milne s The World Inside Me from 1971; Jean Renoir s 1968 tribute, Dreyer s Sin; a translation of the original 1924 Danish programme; a reprint of Nick Wrigley s essay from the film s 80th anniversary DVD release; and a selection of archival imagery
PRESS: an engrossing hybrid of romantic decadence and spiritual austerity - The New Yorker Many critics have chosen to downplay the film's gay subtext, but to do so would deny the power of Dreyer's fastidious attention to the polarity of love's vicissitudes. Slant Magazine
It is Dreyer's first masterpiece, assured, reticent, and radiant with subtle inner connections... -- The Films of Carl Dreyer (Tantivy Press, 1971) - Tom Milne --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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