The President


(Carl Dreyer,1919).
This is Dreyer’s first film, and although it contains themes for which the great Danish director’s later works would be celebrated, the story is a contorted melodrama about a judge and his illegitimate daughter, treated clumsily, in an elaborate flashback technique borrowed from Griffith and performed by an over-gesticulating cast.

Mon., March 16, 7 p.m., 2009

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