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

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University Press of Kentucky, Mar 14, 2012 - Performing Arts - 158 pages
Regarded by many filmmakers and critics as one of the greatest directors in cinema history, Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968) achieved worldwide acclaim after the debut of 'The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). This book explores how, in 1955, student Jan Wahl spent an unforgettable summer with Dreyer during the filming of 'Ordet'.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Pastries at Rungsted
7
Chapter 2 Small room with a view
17
Chapter 3 Sardines and cigars
25
Chapter 4 Lambs in the front yard
35
Chapter 5 A feeling for atmosphere
43
Chapter 6 The rain and the fiddle
51
Chapter 7 Magic of the lens
57
Photo section
86
Chapter 12 Did they catch the ferry?
91
Afterword
95
Now the life will begin Dreyers introduction for actors in film
99
Plot Summary of Ordet
103
Letters from Denmark
109
Dreyer on color film
119
Dreyers lecture at Edinburgh New Impulses
125

Chapter 8 Something about Jesus
63
Chapter 9 In the end is my beginning
71
Chapter 10 The word that crushes cliffs
75
Chapter 11 Leaves from a journal
81
Dreyer on film style
135
Filmography
145
Index
155
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Jan Wahl is the author of more than one hundred books for all ages. His books include How the Children Stopped the Wars, The Art Collector, Through a Lens Darkly, and DEAR STINKPOT: Letters From Louise Brooks. He lives in Toledo, OH.

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