Michael

Michael

Synopsis

Remarkable for its three leads (the director of Haxan and the barely recognisable future stars of Lifeboat and La Règle du Jeu) and its near-explicit treatment of homosexual desire, this account of a love triangle (a painter, his muse/adopted son and a Russian princess) finds Dreyer using the claustrophobic, ornate interiors of the artist's home to Expressionist effect. With its array of ambiguous yet revealing looks and gestures, the film – shot by the dream-team of Karl Freund and Rudolph Maté – offers an unflinching but deeply humane look at blind passion and cool betrayal.

Technical Specs

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Year: 1924
Country: Denmark
Language: Silent
Duration: 90 min
Colour: B/W
Alternate Title: Heart's Desire