Michael (Mikael) (Silent)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 1924
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Casper Tybjerg - Danish film scholar
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Filmographies: Carl Theodor Dreyer's
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Benjamin Christensen, Walter Slezak & Karl Freund|
|Directed by||Carl Theodor Dreyer|
|Cinematography by||Karl Freund|
"[The] elegiac MICHAEL exquisitely records a love triangle..."
"[T]his 1924 German production provides much fretted nuance for appetites who crave their frisson attenuated."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Based upon Herman Bang's 1902 novel, Dreyer's Michael refashions the classical Greek myth of Jupiter and Ganymede into a love triangle between an aging artist, Zoret (director Benjamin Christensen), his protege Michael (Walter Slezak, later to play the Nazi villain in Hitchcock's Lifeboat) and Princess Zamikoff (Nora Gregor, Rules of the Game), an aristocratic femme fatale as entranced by Michael's youthful beauty as Zoret is. As Michael plunges from the dizzying heights of new love to the depths of theft and betrayal, Zoret experiences a spiritual rebirth from out of the ashes of rejection and despair.
A film of exquisite artistry, Michael is both elaborately theatrical and remarkably restrained. Dreyer elicits vivid and passionate performances from his adroit cast, including the screen's only acting appearance by cinematographer Freund. Co-written by Fritz Lang's wife and collaborator Thea Von Harbou (M, Metropolis), this intimate and compelling film possesses a bold level of emotional detail and depicts the twilight of a male-male romance with unusual daring and subtlety.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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