Criterion Sunday 124: Carl Theodor Dreyer

This box set was my first ever acquisition on the Criterion Collection, back when it came out. It collects Vredens dag (Day of Wrath, 1943), Ordet (1955) and Gertrud (1964) along with a 1995 documentary on Dreyer and his work called Carl Th. Dreyer: Min metier. It has since been superseded by higher quality collections (the BFI put a Blu-ray set out recently with all the same features, plus a few extras and a huge number of short films and bonus content), but as one of cinema’s great directors, his later features curiously underserved on home media at that time, it was certainly welcome. All three of the features are not just among his finest works but among the greatest in cinema, though the extras are largely confined to outtakes from the documentary as they relate to each of the three features.

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