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    Added by: Stuart McLean
    Added on: 13/2/2018 17:41
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    Michael

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    Certificate: U
    Running Time: 90 minutes
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    Content Type: Movie

    Synopsis:
    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.

    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 images

    Video Tracks:
    1.33:1 Black and White

    Audio Tracks:
    Music only

    Subtitle Tracks:
    German inter-titles and optional English subtitles

    Directed By:
    Carl Theodor Dreyer

    Written By:


    Starring:
    Walter Slezak
    Max Auzinger
    Nora Gregor

    Soundtrack By:
    Hans Joseph Vieth

    Director of Photography:
    Karl Freund

    Costume Designer:
    Hugo Häring

    Production Designer:
    Hugo Häring

    Producer:
    Erich Pommer

    Distributor:
    Eureka Masters of Cinema

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