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From Rio to Dreyer's archive
16.06.2011
The relationship between the language of the body and the spoken word is a subject that preoccupies the Brazilian researcher Laura Erber. For three month she has been doing research in the Dreyer archive at the Danish Film Institute.
Chains of Dreams: Carl Th. Dreyer
10.06.2011
We are happy to include on the website this thorough article by Tag Gallagher on Dreyer’s visual style using illustrative examples from Day of Wrath, Ordet, and not least Gertrud.
The Dreyer website - 1 year
25.05.2011
Today we can celebrate the first year of the website on "Carl Th. Dreyer - The Man and his Work". We have added some stuff on the website and we hope that you, our faithfull followers, will like it. Enjoy the ingenious comic strip True Story, created by Thomas Thorhauge who has been so very kind to let us publish it on the website.
Miracles, reality and the power of love
13.05.2011
The theologian Jes Nysten considers Day of Wrath, Ordet and Gertrud as steppingstones of sorts to Dreyer’s ultimate life’s work – his never-realised film about Jesus of Nazareth. Jumping off from Dreyer’s general critique of the potential for unfolding human fellowship through the ages, Nysten in his new contribution to the Carl Th. Dreyer website looks at miracles, levels of reality and not least: the power of love.
Dreyer's Medea script online
09.05.2011
The Dreyer website has released Carl Th. Dreyer's Medea script. The fleshed-out draft screenplay is based on Euripides’ tragedy Medea. Dreyer did not want to do a slavish adaptation. Rather, he was looking to recreate the real events behind the tragedy. Lars von Trier used Dreyer’s script in 1988 for his TV film Medea.
DFI dvd release
06.05.2011
The Danish Film Institute has released a dvd disc with two of Dreyer's silent films: Love One Another (Die Gezeichneten) and The Bride of Glomdal (Glomdalsbruden). The release contains a small booklet with articles about the two films written by lecturer at the University of Copenhagen Casper Tybjerg and external lecturer Morten Egholm. Both films have been restored and feature a new score composed by pianist Ronen Thalmay.
DFI Blu-ray release
08.04.2011
The Danish Film Institute has released a Blu-ray disc with two of Dreyer's silent films: Love One Another (Die Gezeichneten) and The Bride of Glomdal (Glomdalsbruden). The release contains a small booklet with articles about the two films written by lecturer at the University of Copenhagen Casper Tybjerg and external lecturer Morten Egholm. Both films have been restored and feature a new score composed by pianist Ronen Thalmay.
Henning Bendtsen obituary
11.02.2011
Dreyer cinematographer Henning Bendtsen ('The Word', 'Gertrud') dies, age 85. Bendtsen was considered a true master in his field, and his work with lighting, camera angles and framing was described as "spectacular cinematic art" by the Danish daily Politiken on the occasion of Bendtsen's 85th birthday last fall.
Dreyer's African Film Adventure
31.01.2011
In 1934, Dreyer was hired for a film project to be shot in Africa. He wrote, together with the Italian journalist Ernesto Quadrone, a screenplay - L'Homme ensablé - and subsequently traveled to Somalia with an old camera, some raw footage and a small Italian film crew. We know very little about Dreyer’s African film adventure, but going through the Dreyer collection at the DFI we found an Italian article by Quadrone published in 1951 in which he shares with his readers a lot of details about the making of the film. He praises Dreyer’s skills and his dedication and makes it abundantly clear that Dreyer’s working methods had an immense impact of the final result though he didn’t finish the film himself. For the first time in English – an eyewitness account of one of the dark periods in Dreyer’s life.
The restoration of Vampyr
12.01.2011
"Almost every time one takes a closer look at a film that is world-famous one has to face the sad fact that the film does not really exist in a form that seems acceptable. This is true also for Dreyer‘s Vampyr."
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