Michael

1924
  |  Book Tickets: 09/03/2012
  |  74 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Remarkable for its three leads (the director of Haxan and the barely recognisable future stars of Lifeboat and La Règle du jeu) and its near-explicit treatment of homosexual desire, this account of a love triangle (a painter, his muse/adopted son and a Russian princess) finds Dreyer using the claustrophobic, ornate interiors of the artist's home to Expressionist effect. With its array of ambiguous yet revealing looks and gestures, the film - shot by the dream-team of Karl Freund and Rudolph Maté - offers an unflinching but deeply humane look at blind passion and cool betrayal.