Gertrud Reviews

August 13, 2019
[Carl Dreyer] has in his later years developed his less-is-more style beyond effectiveness into mannerism. Gertrud is a further reach, beyond mannerism into cinematic poverty and straightforward tedium.
April 7, 2015
Here is an enigmatically modern film with the deceptive air of a staidly old-fashioned one.
May 22, 2014
It's exquisite, unbearable, and unforgettable.
May 22, 2014
Much maligned on its release, this mesmerising picture was subsequently hailed as one of the most remarkable achievements of a brilliant career.
May 22, 2014
An elegant melodrama, acted and directed with precision. Let it unfold at its own unhurried pace and the rewards are ample and long lasting.
May 22, 2014
Dreyer's film depicts repressed carnal desires that merge with Gertrud's inevitably frustrated spiritual one: the longing for a love so total and consuming that it contains the seeds of its own destruction.
December 26, 2013
The director's trademarks are present: symmetrical compositions in stripped black and white; long unmoving-camera takes; abrupt cuts without dissolves or fades among relatively few separate scenes.
August 22, 2012
Dreyer's silky camera movements capture the very soul of this character on film.
December 31, 2010
Carl Theodor Dreyer's transcendental meditation on love and happiness is his last and one of his best films, with a luminous performance at its center.
December 25, 2008
Nina Pens Rode has the right luminous quality for the romantic, uncompromising Gertrud, while the men are acceptable if sometimes overindulgent in their roles.
August 29, 2006
What presents the most difficulty is its talkiness (prompting one critic to call it a 'two-hour study of sofas and pianos'), but it is in Dreyer's simple, noncinematic technique one realizes the purity of his vision.
June 24, 2006
One of the most purely cinematic discourses of the 1960s.
July 25, 2005
Emotionally shattering as a masterful purely realistic cinema experience.
May 9, 2005
In his best films there has always been an underlying human concern that sustained us through any longueurs of execution. Here, under the slow, posed pictures, there is nothing but the dated theme described above.
November 6, 2003
Gertrud is a film that is as richly mysterious and inscrutable as it is earthy and wry.
July 2, 2003
January 30, 2003
Top Critic
November 2, 2002
Gertrud... is more museum piece than masterpiece, for this muted and stately study of a woman's quest for perfect love already seems to have been gathering dust for decades.
September 15, 2002
A morose, utterly passionless film.
March 5, 2002
I would imagine that many would find it unwatchable, or would incorrectly deem it uncinematic, but it understands the language of cinema better than nearly any film that I've seen. Every cut, every pan, every zoom matters.