Rent Michael (1924)

3.5 of 5 from 69 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
Based on Herman Bang's 1902 novel of the same name, Carl Th. Dreyer's 'Michael' is a fascinating fin-de-siecle study of a "decadent" elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protege and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by renowned architect Hugo Haring (his only film work), this Kammerspiel, or "intimate theatre", foreshadows Dreyer's magnificent final film Gertrud, by forty years with its "Now I may die content, for I have seen great love" epigraph.
Actors:
, Max Auzinger, , , , Didier Aslan, Alexander Murski, , , Wilhelmine Sandrock,
Directors:
Producers:
Erich Pommer
Writers:
Herman Bang, Thea von Harbou, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Aka:
Mikaël
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Countries:
Germany, Classics, Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/09/2004
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
Silent
Subtitles:
English, German
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Two different transfers of the film (USA transfer by David Shepard; European transfer by Transit Film)
  • Two scores: the 1993 Pierre Oser score (piano, clarinet, cello) and the 2004 Neal Kurz score (piano)
  • Full-length audio commentary by Casper Tybjerg, Dreyer scholar with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • A 26-minute illustrated audio interview with Dreyer from 1965
  • A reprint of Tom Milne's The world inside from 1971; Jean Renoir's 1968 tribute Dreyer's Sin; a translation of the original 1924 Danish programme, stills, and a new 80th anniversary essay by carldreyer.com's Nick Wrigley
Disc 1:
This disc includes US transfer of the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes European transfer of the main feature
Special Features
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/02/2018
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
German, Silent
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Full-length audio commentary by Dreyer scholar, Casper Tybjerg
  • An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
  • An illustrated audio interview with Dreyer from 1965

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Reviews (1) of Michael

Not the Dreyer you're looking for - Michael review by VW

Spoiler Alert
19/09/2016

If you loved The Passion of Joan of Arc and Vampyr and are hoping this film will be just as good as them then you're in for a disappointment. If you're hoping for a silent gay love story then you'll be disappointed too. This is a pretty run of the mill silent movie with little flair or touches of Dreyer magic. The gay theme is pretty thin too. Yes there's a hint of something sexual between the patron and his protégé but blink and you'll miss it. If it hadn't had the Dreyer name attached this would never have been restored and re-released. I feel it's been somewhat oversold.

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