more information about the life and work of Carl Dreyer:
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Speaking the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer (New
York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 50 illustrations,
paperback, 365 pages. This book is available directly from the author
for $20 in a Xeroxed bound copy of the original published book edition.
(The book itself is now out of print.)
Carl Dreyer is universally acknowledged to be one of the supreme masters
of world cinema, it is one of the oddities of film history that beyond
The Passion of Joan of Arc, his films have seldom had the general
recognition that they undeniably deserve. This book is an attempt to bring
his work to the awareness of contemporary filmgoers everywhere.
Ray Carney argues that the
key to an understanding of Dreyer’s work is to be found in an appreciation
of his distinctive style. Professor Carney argues that Dreyer’s style
creates a "radically new way of knowing and feeling" that can
change how we understand our experiences and identities outside of the
Following a general consideration
of Dreyer’s style, the book offers lucid and comprehensive interpretations
of the three crowning masterworks of Dreyer’s career: Day of Wrath,
Ordet, and Gertrud.
The study will appeal both
to general filmgoers and to undergraduate and graduate students interested
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"Learning from Dreyer: Reflections on the Lessons His Work Teaches,"
which originally appeared in Lene Crone and Lars Movin, eds. Close-Ups:
Contemporary Art and Carl Th. Dreyer, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary
Art Center (Copenhagen, Denmark, November-December 1999).
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