Pierre Leon

L'idiot; Octobre

France

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Bride of Glomdal, The

1925

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Day of Wrath

1943

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Die Gezeichneten

1921

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Gertrud

1964

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Michael

1924

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Ordet

1955

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Parson's Widow, The

1920

Carl Theodor Dreyer

They Caught the Ferry

1948

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Two People

1945

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Vampyr

1932

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Comments

Impossible to answer an impossible question. A compromise is thus called for, so that “the impossible becomes possible”, to quote a line by the Russian poet Alexander Blok. So I’ve looked for a filmmaker who would contain, rather than eliminate, all the others. Or, to put it another way, one who represents all of cinema. In the ten films by Dreyer that make up my list almost all the great films of all time can be found. Michael connects very well to Guitry or Fassbinder, Dies Irae to Bresson, Les Fiancés de Glomdalsbruden to Sirk, Griffith or Barnet, Gertrud to Ford or Walsh, Prastankan to Lubitsch or Resnais, Ordet to Ermler or Rohmer, Tva Manniskor to Hitchcock, Naruse, Tullio, Ophuls or Bergman. Etc. What’s more, Dreyer made his films in Denmark, but also in Sweden, France, Norway, Germany, so does not belong to a ‘national’ cinema.

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