"Carl Theodor Dreyer: Criterion
Collection Special Edition"
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer / Torben Skodt Jensen
This set includes three of Dreyer's greatest films,
plus a fine documentary on the perfectionist filmmaker. Day of Wrath
(1943, 97 minutes) premiered during the blackest period of Nazi occupation
of Denmark and tells a story of witchcraft in 1623 with great atmospheric
intensity. Ordet (1955, 125 minutes) is Dreyer's brilliant
portrayal of the conflict between organized religion and personal belief.
Gertrud (1964, 116 minutes), Dreyer's last film, is a rigorous,
poignant and profound tale of a woman's life crippled by an inability to
compromise. Finally, Carl Th. Dreyer: My Metier (1995, 94 minutes)
is Torben Skodt Jensen's thorough survey of the director's brilliant
career as well as an intimate glimpse into his personality. Each disc also
comes with supplemental features: interviews with some of the films'
stars, photo still galleries, and archival footage of Dreyer himself. All
films are in Danish (My Metier also in French) with optional
English subtitles, and presented in their original aspect ratios.