Carl Theodor Dreyer Box Set Criterion CollectionWhen asked to describe his work, Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer said that film should present "truth filtered through an artist's mind, truth liberated from unnecessary detail." This collection of Dreyer's three major sound features demonstrates the director's rigorous commitment to that idea.

Day of Wrath -- filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark -- is set in a 17th-century village where the fear of witchcraft and the repression of human passions lead to tragedy. Ordet is considered by many to be Dreyer's masterpiece. This complex family drama is both moving and challenging, and the ending is one of cinema's greatest moments. Gertrud tells the story of a woman's search for fulfillment. Nina Pens Rode gives an extraordinary performance, heightened by Dreyer's peerless pacing and composition.

Accompanying the three films is a documentary by Torben Skjodt Jensen. Interviews with Dreyer's collaborators provide the backbone of My Metier, but it is Jensen's visual approach -- building layered images from photographs, manuscripts, and film clips -- that explores and responds to Dreyer's movies in subtle but powerful ways. Instead of a succession of talking heads and illustrative excerpts, Jensen offers an impressionistic portrait of Dreyer in a documentary that is often as beautiful as its subject's own work.

4 x DVD9 | NTSC | 432 minutes | 28 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Dansk
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance; Documentary, Biography

Download Carl Theodor Dreyer Box Set: Vredens dag / Day of Wrath (1943), Ordet (1955), Gertrud (1964), Carl Th. Dreyer: Min metier / Carl Th. Dreyer: My Metier (1995) 4 x DVD9 Criterion Collection: