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Although Slezak is the featured star, the leading character is Benjamin Christensen's Claude Zoret, the great artist, usually referred to by the others simply as The Master. The story begins, and spends most of its time in, the Master's mansion - one of those big, drafty, rococo/Victorian art mausoleums that looks like a toney funeral home and, to that extent, more or less fits the movie. Young Michael is feckless and self-centered, good-looking enough to step comfortably in and out of an Arrow shirt ad, and its his image that graces the Master's greatest painting, `The Victor.' Disruption arrives in the form of Princess Lucia Zamikoff (Nora Gergor,) who persuades the initially reluctant Master to paint her portrait. Before the paint is dry Michael is in love with her, and ready to leave the Master.
`Mikaël' was written by Danish Impressionist novelist Herman Bang (1857-1912.) (...). Danish film historian Casper Tyberg tell us, in his interesting and fact-filled commentary, that MICHAEL has a disputed place in the history of gay cinema. The movie's central relationship, between the Master and Michael, is at best ambiguous. There are, as Tyberg says, hints and `cues' of something more, but on screen there's only evidence of the Master's paternal affection, rather than passionate physical attraction.Read more ›
"Michael" closely follows the novel by the same name, written by gay author, Herman Bang, who no doubt was able to embellish the relationship between Master and protégé very effectively, making the whole film a bitter-sweet study of human feelings and relationships, and lifting it to the heights of artistry.Read more ›
Second, find the German film and watch it.
As a silent film, it is nice to see how each frame is composed and lit like a painting. People in the foreground and the background are displayed in very subtle compositions and symbolism that reveal implicit details about their personalities, feelings, and lives. Also the cutting and editing already forewarns about Dreyer's work in the Passion of Joan of Arc; along with Rudolph Maté's work as cinematographer in Michael and in Falconetti's future movie.Read more ›
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I didn't like this movie at all. it isn't like I thought it would be and then some of the words I can't make out of what they are saying. this movie lost my attentionPublished on October 2, 2013 by cynthia watson
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