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Carl Th. Dreyer—My Metier

Torben Skjødt Jensen

 
  • Denmark
  • 1995
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • Danish
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  • Spine #128

Torben Skjødt Jensen’s elegant documentary is a collage of memories and reflections on one of cinema’s greatest directors. Visually rich and densely layered, Carl Th. Dreyer—My Metier illuminates an artist too little understood and too important to overlook. Through interviews, historical writings, and rare archival footage, a portrait of Dreyer emerges: an austere perfectionist, yes, but also a passionate man possessing a genuine sense of humor. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this in-depth study of Dreyer’s life and work for the first time on home video.

Disc Features

  • Digital transfer, supervised by director Torben Skjødt Jensen
  • Rare interview footage and archival material
  • Extensive biographical essay by Dreyer scholar Edvin Kau
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • PLUS: A 22-page booklet, including a reprint of Dreyer’s essay “Thoughts on My Metier”

Film Essays

Thoughts on My Métier

By Carl Theodor Dreyer August 20, 2001

There is a certain resemblance between a work of art and a person. Just as one can talk about a person’s soul, one can also talk about the work of art’s soul, its personality. The soul is shown . . . Read more »


Film Essays

About Carl Th. Dreyer—My Métier

By Torben Skjødt Jensen August 20, 2001

Carl Th. DreyerMy Métier works on three aesthetic levels playing off each other. Shot in 35mm black and white, the documentary’s narrative is rich in content. The participants in these pieces . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Carl Th. Dreyer

By Armond White August 20, 2001

Before Lars von Trier, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson there was Carl Th. Dreyer. The first great film artist to pursue the ineffable in cinema, Dreyer . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Thoughts on My Métier

By Carl Theodor Dreyer August 20, 2001

There is a certain resemblance between a work of art and a person. Just as one can talk about a person’s soul, one can also talk about the work of art’s soul, its personality. The soul is shown . . . Read more »


Film Essays

About Carl Th. Dreyer—My Métier

By Torben Skjødt Jensen August 20, 2001

Carl Th. DreyerMy Métier works on three aesthetic levels playing off each other. Shot in 35mm black and white, the documentary’s narrative is rich in content. The participants in these pieces . . . Read more »


Features

The Conquerors—An Interview with Torben Skjødt Jensen

By Ulrich Breuning August 20, 2001

I have known Torben Skjødt since 1983. His debut video Englefjæs—which I thought to be very accomplished—was presented during a film week in Silkeborg. A debut work, yes, but made with a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Carl Th. Dreyer

By Armond White August 20, 2001

Before Lars von Trier, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson there was Carl Th. Dreyer. The first great film artist to pursue the ineffable in cinema, Dreyer . . . Read more »