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Stills, posters, film and sound clips, scripts, research material and much more - carlthdreyer.dk invites scholars and laymen alike to explore the legacy of Carl Theodor Dreyer. Photos: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jeanne d'Arc, and Dreyer on the shooting of "They Reached the Ferry". ©DFI

"HE JUST DID IT"

03.06.2010 DREYER. In his novel "Invisible" Paul Auster sends one of his characters to the cinema to watch Dreyer's "The Word". Carlos Reygadas embodied the film's miracle of resurrection in his Cannes Jury Prize winner "Silent Light". And Guillermo del Toro gave an audio commentary on a 2008 edition of "Vampyr". Dreyer is still, to this day, an inspiration to artists and filmmakers. In the following, we present different takes on what makes Dreyer's art unique.

FROM DREYER TO TRIER

25.05.2010 DREYER. "Carl Theodor Dreyer possessed the pure heart and natural humility of the passionate individual," Lars von Trier once said about his greatest role model. Of all the artists Dreyer has inspired, von Trier is perhaps the best example of a contemporary director who has assumed Dreyer’s intellectual and filmic legacy – even some of his earthly possessions, to boot. Here we outline the filmic connections between Dreyer and von Trier.

"FILM WAS HIS BIGGEST PASSION"

02.06.2010 DREYER. See Danish directors Christoffer Boe, Lone Scherfig and Ole Christian Madsen talk about their relationship to Carl Theodor Dreyer.

WAS DREYER A SADIST?

12.05.2010 DREYER. On more than one occasion, Dreyer was labeled a sadistic director, because he caused his female leads to suffer in his tireless search of the sublime. One of the gems from the Dreyer archives is an unpublished article on bullfight where Dreyer fervently defends the beauty of the matador’s fight with the noble bull. The art of the bullfight exists in an ethical gray zone – like the one Dreyer explored throughout his career.

FROM BALLOON PILOT TO GRAVE GENTLEMAN

31.05.2010 DREYER. It’s fascinating that, while the general image of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer is that of a grave, elderly gentleman, his youthful years tell an entirely different story. His life raises many questions, but above all it has produced a handful of films that still command attention and remain in demand the world over.

MUSIC FOR A SAINT

18.05.2010 DREYER. The raw power of "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" has inspired Portishead and Goldfrapp members Adrian Utley and Will Gregory to create a brand new score for Dreyer's silent masterpiece, performed live 7 May in Bristol. Listen to a few musical fragments in a short documentary following the two composers at work.

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