Illuminated by extraordinary reserves of feeling
A dull piece of work, redeemed only by some artistic scenes and Benjamin Christensen's able portrayal of Claude Zoret, an artist.
| Original Score: 2/5
As drama, the characters remain too distant to offer the warmth needed for Dreyer to convey that love in its purity conquers all in the end.
| Original Score: B-
A truly fascinating film with just the tiniest hint of the greatness yet to come.
| Original Score: 4/4
Minor Dreyer film but the ending makes it worthwhile.
| Original Score: B
Many critics have chosen to downplay the film's gay subtext, but to do so would deny the power of Dreyer's fastidious attention to the polarity of love's vicissitudes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
If the mechanics of the plot seem, well, mechanical, what sets the film apart from other silent melodramas of the time is the unspoken dialectic between love and art.