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4.1
996 Ratings

Gertrud

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Denmark, 1964
Drama, History

Synopsis

Carl Dreyer’s last film neatly crowns his career: a meditation on tragedy, individual will and the refusal to compromise.

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Gertrud Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Critics reviews

The perfection of Nina Pens Rode's performance, seldom remarked on, is very much a matter of its capacity to absorb [Gertrud's] contradictions... A work of perpetual time travel, GERTRUD no less forcefully projects a suspended gaze and meditation on a frozen destiny, perfect yet appalling.
December 01, 1985
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A sternly beautiful work of art with none of the fashionable flabbiness of second-chance sentimentality... Some critics have attacked Gertrud herself as a Hedda Gabler character, consumed by her destructive demands for perfection in others. The difference between the two, however, is the difference between a genuine idealism, however intolerant, and foolish fantasizing.
June 02, 1966
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