First Wednesday Films
Next screening on July 1 at 7:30 PM
Featuring: Gertrud (1964) 1 hr., 59 min.
Carl Theodor Dreyer is best known as the director of “The
Passion of Joan of Arc” and “Ordet.”
“Gertrud” is another great Dreyer film, a character
study of a woman who leaves her husband for a younger lover
on the eve of his appointment to a cabinet post in early
20th century Stockholm.
Dreyer employs long takes and theatrical staging to
concentrate on Nina Pens Rode's portrayal.
Every frame is composed and lit exquisitely, balancing pools
of lights and shadow; small, gliding camera movements
encircle the characters.
In the 2012 edition of Sight & Sound's poll of film
critics, conducted every ten years to gauge critical opinion
about the greatest films of all-time, Gertrud tied for 43rd
It's exquisite, unbearable, and unforgettable, a masterpiece
of minimalist drama.