Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet: My Summer with the Danish Filmmaker

Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet: My Summer with the Danish Filmmaker

Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet: My Summer with the Danish Filmmaker

Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet: My Summer with the Danish Filmmaker

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As a child, I was taken to a revival of Charlie Chaplin’s feature The Gold Rush. It had no talking, although in this version, Chaplin himself narrated. The bun dance enchanted me; suddenly I was aware that a totally different kind of film existed besides those with Betty Grable and Tyrone Power. Therefore, I elected to dip into the history of movies.

The public library in Toledo, Ohio, had a first edition of Paul Rotha’s The Film Till Now. The stills from Caligari were thrilling. Only a handful of older films were available through the Museum of Modern Art and various rental agencies or, occasionally, by purchase. As I took the reels in my hands, running them on a 16mm Bell & Howell projector, I felt attracted to another great master—the Dane Carl Theodor Dreyer.

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