Special 30th : Exquisite Corpse

Gertrud

1964
Denmark
1h59
Fiction
B&W

A film chosen by John Gianvito

In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson.

I wasn't aware of what film João Pedro's image came from but as I sat in front of it what came across was a sense of the oneiric, a woman looking inward yet projecting outward strength, an impression of resolve, of solemnity. Such ruminations led me to think of one of cinema's most soulful and uncompromising heroines, Gertrud, a film still unlike any other I know, capable of casting a most unusual kind of spell upon the sympathetic spectator. As Ingmar Bergman once remarked, "No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul." Gertrud walks the floor of that room.

(JOHN GIANVITO)
Cast
Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe, Axel Strobye
Screenplay
Carl Theodor Dreyer, d'après la pièce "Gertrud" de Hjalmar Söderberg
Photography
Henning Bendtsen
Sound
Knud Kristensen
Music
Jorgen Jersild
Art direction
Kai Rasch
Editing
Edith Schlüssel
Production
Palladium Film

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