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Filmed in 1924 by the brilliant Danish director Carl Theodore Dreyer, the German drama Michael (Mikael) was released in the U.S. three years later under the more lurid title Chained. It was subsequently reissued as The Story of the Third Sex, an unsubtle allusion to the plotline's homosexual subtext. Fellow director Benjamin Christensen stars as "The Master," a world-renowned painter. Celebrated for his portrait of a "beautiful" young male art student named Mikael (played by a slim, 22-year-old
Jan 1, 1924 Limited
Dec 14, 2004
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A dull piece of work, redeemed only by some artistic scenes and Benjamin Christensen's able portrayal of Claude Zoret, an artist.
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.
A truly fascinating film with just the tiniest hint of the greatness yet to come.
Minor Dreyer film but the ending makes it worthwhile.
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.
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