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Carl Theodor Dreyer

With three films in the top 50 of Sight and Sound’s Greatest Films poll, Dreyer is of his cinema history’s incontestable masters.

His films are renowned for their precision and purpose; deliberately paced, carefully composed and judiciously edited. And it’s a style that’s proved incredibly enduring, informing the tenor of much of contemporary art-house and ‘slow cinema’ from Carlos Reygadas to Lars von Trier. Discover the majestic works of one of the all-time greats.

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Carl Theodor Dreyer
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View Day of Wrath
Day of Wrath

Day of Wrath 1943 PG

Dark and powerful tale of love and betrayal, and a community gripped by an obsessive fear of witchcraft.

110 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View The Fight Against Cancer
The Fight Against Cancer

The Fight Against Cancer 1947

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film for the Cancer Society exhorts Danish citizens to listen to their doctors.

11 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View Gertrud
Gertrud

Gertrud 1964 PG

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s final masterpiece centres on a woman who rejects the compromise of her marriage and retreats into a serene isolation.

120 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View Good Mothers
Good Mothers

Good Mothers 1942

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s first short film honours the work of the Mother’s Aid Institution, a state-funded organisation offering services for new mothers.

12 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View The Master of the House
The Master of the House

The Master of the House 1925 U

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s richly detailed tragicomedy of domestic manners is by turns funny, intensely emotional and deeply affecting.

107 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Ordet.

Ordet. 1955 12

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s beautifully photographed tale explores the religious intolerance and familial tensions within a Danish farming family.

126 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View They Caught the Ferry
They Caught the Ferry

They Caught the Ferry 1948

An unusual - but no less startling – entry in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s filmography, They Caught the Ferry is a fast-paced and effective road-safety film.

12 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View The Village Church
The Village Church

The Village Church 1947

Carl Theodor Dreyer recounts the history of churches in Denmark, in this hypnotic and powerfully realised short.

14 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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