'Why make a film about me? I'm not interesting, it's my films that are interesting.' This documentary honours Dreyer's conviction that an artist's soul is expressed through his work. The result is an aptly dry but comprehensive tribute to the great Danish director (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr, etc). A steady, narrated progression along the timeline of his life and career is interspersed with plentiful clips from the films themselves (generally austere like most of Dreyer's cinema, these clips aren't going to catch your imagination if you're new to the films), with one of his old actresses offering the summary: 'I think he was the first Zen master I ever met.'
Torben Skjødt Jensen
Torben Skjødt Jensen, Parmi Larsen