Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924) | Part 2


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 (Ophuls’ Letter from an Unknown Woman), and Karl Freund (who 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 (The Passion of Joan of Arc) took over.”

The Masters of Cinema guys really know how to sell to their audience. That is a who’s-who of what’s great in early cinema.