Michael (1924) [Masters of Cinema #3]
A Film by Carl Theodor Dreyer
2xDVD5 | ISO+MDS | PAL 4:3 | Artwork | 86 and 89 mins | 4,24 Gb + 4,18 Gb
Score AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps with English or German intertitles and English subs
Genre: Drama, Romance
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 precisely forty years.