Regarded by many filmmakers and critics as one of the greatest directors in cinema history, Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889--1968) achieved worldwide acclaim after the debut of his masterpiece,The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928), which was named the most influential film of all time at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In 1955 Dreyer granted twenty-three-year-old American student Jan Wahl the extraordinary opportunity to spend a unique and unforgettable summer with him during the filming ofOrdet(The Word).
Carl Theodor Dreyer andOrdet:My Summer with the Danish Filmmakeris a captivating account of Wahl's time with the director, based on Wahl's daily journal accounts and transcriptions of his conversations with Dreyer. Offering a glimpse into the filmmaker's world, Wahl fashions a portrait of Dreyer as a man, mentor, friend, and director. Wahl's unique and charming account is supplemented by exquisite photos of the filming and by selections from Dreyer's papers, including his notes on film style, his introduction for the actors before the filming ofOrdet,and a visionary lecture he delivered at Edinburgh.Carl Theodor Dreyer andOrdet details one student's remarkable experiences with a legendary director and the unlikely bond formed over a summer.
Subjects: Performing Arts
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