Love One Another is set in Russia before and during the revolution of 1905. The main character is a young Jewish girl, Hanne-Liebe, who has felt the prejudice among the Russians since childhood. As the result of a cruel intrigue she is expelled from her school, and she travels to St. Petersburg where her brother Jakov, a wealthy lawyer, lives. A convert to Christianity, Jakov has been disowned by their father. Hanne-Liebe meets back up with Sascha, a revolutionary-minded student from her hometown, and they fall in love. Meanwhile, a police provocateur, Rylowitsch, tricks Sascha into preparing an act of revolutionary terrorism. The police arrest him and all his comrades, and Hanne-Liebe is deported to her hometown. To deflect the simmering discontent among the populace, the government organises pogroms against Jews. Disguised as a monk, Rylowitsch spreads the poison of anti-Semitism. A joyous demonstration after the tsar proclaims a number of civil rights is warped by anti-Semitism into a nightmarish orgy of violence. Jakov and many others are killed, while Sascha saves Hanne-Liebe at the last minute. —carlthdreyer.dk
Carl Theodor Dreyer was born out of wedlock to a Swedish housekeeper, Josefina Nilsson (1855-1891), who gave him up for adoption immediately after. The first year and a half of his life was turbulent, but the little boy finally found a home with the Dreyer family and was named Carl Theodor after his adoptive father. Dreyer’s birth mother died not long after his eventual adoption. Several film scholars have interpreted Dreyer’s frequent depictions of tragic women as an autobiographical element in his films.
Dreyer began his career as a reporter, specialising in aviation early on, in 1910-1913. Himself an active balloonist, he got a balloonist’s certificate in November 1911. Alongside his journalism, he wrote screenplays. His first realised script was Bryggerens Datter (Dagmar) (Rasmus Ottesen, 1912), produced by Det Skandinavisk-russiske Handelshus. In 1913-1918, he worked as a script consultant and writer at Nordisk Film, where he also made his directorial debut… read more