(Carl Dreyer, 1924) This remarkable film, what seems to be the first sensitive treatment of a homosexual relationship in European cinema, concerns the doomed passion of a famous painter for his thieving protege. It's a triumph of chiaroscuro lighting, put to use in the service of Dreyer's obsessive preoccupation with the expressivity of the human face.
Tue., March 17, 7 p.m., 2009

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