Saturday, September 1, 2018


On the latest "School Of..." series we delve in to the influence of Danish film legend; Carl Theodor Dreyer with words from the influenced directors themselves...


I feel more enriched when re-watching Dreyer or other classics. They tell me more about the world of today than todays’s films - Michael Haneke

Ordet / The White Ribbon
Ordet / The White Ribbon

Gertrud / The Piano Teacher

Eventually when I was building the story, figuring out how it would all happen, the idea of her coming back to life was the only way out. So I knew this was coming from Ordet, though it was also coming from Sleeping Beauty. Once I felt confident that the films were sufficiently distinct from each other I wasn’t afraid of some direct dialogue with or homage to Ordet, which is a film I love, and Dreyer is someone I adore and respect enormously. So yeah, it’s like a little brother to Ordet, but with a different essence. - Carlos Reygadas

Ordet / Silent Light

The continuous rotating camera shot in; Ordet (top) / Silent Light (below)
Ordet / Battle In Heaven

Ordet / Japon

Dreyer is fantastic. To see his films was kind of a revelation - Lars Von Trier

Vampyr / Nymphomaniac

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to. - Jim Jarmusch

Vampyr / Dead Man

Vampry / Dead Man

There was one film that I saw before The Exorcist, and that was a Danish film by an absolutely marvellous Danish director called Carl Theodor Dreyer. You might be familiar with him, he directed a film called Vampyr and a Joan of Arc that is a classic Joan of Arc. - William Kriedkin

Vampyr / Exorcist


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