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

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University Press of Kentucky, Mar 2, 2012 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
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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 his masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), which was named the most influential film of all time at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In 1955 Dreyer granted twenty-three-year-old American student Jan Wahl the extraordinary opportunity to spend a unique and unforgettable summer with him during the filming of Ordet ( The Word [1955]).

Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet: My Summer with the Danish Filmmaker is a captivating account of Wahl's time with the director, based on Wahl's daily journal accounts and transcriptions of his conversations with Dreyer. Offering a glimpse into the filmmaker's world, Wahl fashions a portrait of Dreyer as a man, mentor, friend, and director. Wahl's unique and charming account is supplemented by exquisite photos of the filming and by selections from Dreyer's papers, including his notes on film style, his introduction for the actors before the filming of Ordet, and a visionary lecture he delivered at Edinburgh. Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet details one student's remarkable experiences with a legendary director and the unlikely bond formed over a summer.

 

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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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