Tag Archives: 1940s
Valkoiset ruusut (1943) Infatuation, delusion, obsession – with overbearingly extreme emotional tension from the very beginning! Some close-ups of the female lead are almost worthy of Dreyer’s »La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc«. Too bad that important parts of the plot … Continue reading
Οι Γερμανοί ξανάρχονται [The germans strike again] (1948) Absurd propagandistic comedy of sorts, trying to calm the intense political heat by reminding the dissatisfied greek people of the even worse nazi years. Interesting and unique concept, clumsy execution. Not in my book of bizarre dreams.
Soldaten og Jenny (1947) Are we free-willed individuals, mere pawns of fate – or a little of each? This simple and at times abruptly straightforward adaptation of a play may be far too didactic in tone and mostly quite stuffy in … Continue reading
Η φωνή της καρδιάς [The voice of the heart] (1943) »I shouldn’t complain« Endearing and a little clumsy, with some acting manners seemingly remaining from the silent era. Didactic storytelling, charmingly chaste courtship, revealing facial expressions, elegant dialogue, and nice … Continue reading
Vredens dag (1943) There is power in evil! Witchcraft, forbidden feelings, cruelty, problematic family relations – a gruesome moralizing sermon with strange somnambulist qualities, starkly beautiful visuals, and highly distilled storytelling. The tormented characters act out an implausible parable of … Continue reading
Ditte menneskebarn (1946) A cosmic intro with religious overtones is followed by a harsh return to the stigmatizing realities of illegitimate birth and poverty. Solemn drama of sad farewells, tormented mothers, treacherous love, history repeating itself, the concept of sin, … Continue reading
Sellaisena kuin sinä minut halusit/Sådan du ville ha mig (1944) »I am only me« A disjointed effort with overly pompous intro, first scene verging on silent slapstick, expressionist and noirish aesthetics, surprisingly overt sexual innuendo, perky music, and unbridled sentimentality. Chronicling … Continue reading