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Michael Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (12/02/2018)
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Based on Herman Bang's 1902 novel of the same name, Dreyer's film is a fascinating fin-de-siÃ¨cle study of a decadent elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protÃ©gÃ© and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by renowned architect Hugo HÃ¤ring (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. Michael was scripted by Dreyer with Fritz Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou (Metropolis, M, etc). It stars the director Benjamin Christensen (HÃ¤xan); Walter Slezak (Hitchcock's Lifeboat); Nora Gregor (Renoir's The Rules of the Game); Mady Christians (OphÃ¼ls' Letter from an Unknown Woman); and Karl Freund (who also shot Metropolis) in his only ever appearance as an actor. Freund lensed most of Michael too, but left to work on Murnau's The Last Laugh, and Rudolph MatÃ© took over.
Michael - Masters of Cinema | DVD | (25/10/2004)
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Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968) directed 'Michael' in 1924 for Decla Bioscop the arstitic wing of German production powerhouse UFA. It was Dreyer's sixth feature in five years and his second in Germany. Based on Herman Bang's 1902 novel of the same name Dreyer's film is a fascinating fin-de-siecle study of 'decadent' elderly artist driven to despair by his relationship with his young protege and former model Michael. With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by