Eureka Entertainment to release a new 2K restoration of Carl Th. Dreyer’s MICHAEL, a compelling piece of silent cinema from one of the all-time great directors, as a WORLD EXCLUSIVE on Blu-ray from 12 February 2018.
Based on Herman Bang’s 1902 novel of the same name, Dreyer’s film is a fascinating fin-de-siècle study of a “decadent” elderly artist (Benjamin Christensen) driven to despair by his relationship with his young protégé and former model, Michael (Walter Slezak). With suffocatingly sumptuous production design by renowned architect Hugo Häring (his only film work), this Kammerspiel, or “intimate theatre”, foreshadows Dreyer’s magnificent final film Gertrud, by forty years with its “Now I may die content, for I have seen great love” epigraph.
Michael was scripted by Dreyer with Fritz Lang’s wife, Thea von Harbou (Metropolis, M, etc). It stars the director Benjamin Christensen (Häxan); Walter Slezak (Hitchcock’s Lifeboat); Nora Gregor (Renoir’s The Rules of the Game); Mady Christians (Ophüls’ Letter from an Unknown Woman); and Karl Freund (who also shot Metropolis) in his only ever appearance as an actor. Freund lensed most of Michael too, but left to work on Murnau’s The Last Laugh, and Rudolph Maté took over.
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Carl Th. Dreyer’s Michael for the first time ever on Blu-ray, from a new 2K restoration.
A new 2K restoration of Carl Th. Dreyer’s MICHAEL, the compelling piece of silent cinema from one of the all-time great directors, will be released as a WORLD EXCLUSIVE on Blu-ray from 12 February 2018, and is available to order here http://amzn.to/2neYUCl
To win a blu-ray upgrade of Michael, please answer the following question…
Q.Thea Von Harbou wrote Michael, she was also the wife of what iconic filmmaker who directed Metropolis, M?
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