Sunday, October 23, 2011

Top Ranked Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer
5 titles, 31st in points with 19,997

1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) #34 [silent]
2. Ordet (1955) #143
3. Vampyr (1932) #349
4. Gertrud (1964) #398
5. Day of Wrath (1943) #546

I think Dreyer must be an acquired taste, but I've only seen three of his films, and those were dominated by religion. I have not seen Vampyr, because I've had quite enough vampire films for one lifetime, and by this point I doubt that any of them will ever make a positive impression on me, I just wish I had all that time back.

Passion is noted for the incredible performance of Maria Falconetti [photo below], certainly one of the best of the silent era. It's said that she was so drained by this effort and Dreyer's treatment of her that she never acted in another film.

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