Wednesday 15 May 2013

Danish road safety film

The Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer (the Th. stands for Theodore) is one of the very greatest of all film makers - The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr, Day of Wrath and Gertrud are his masterpieces. He may no longer excite the interest of young cinephiles to the extent that he once did, but his atmospheric, melancholy and poetic films demand regular re-viewing. He handles mist and light like no other director - Vampyr in particular is a study in dissolution that still chills the blood.

In 1948 he made a series of road safety films for the Danish government. Here's one of them: They Caught the Ferry.

Now I know what you're thinking: "A road safety film? In Danish?" Trust me. Take the phone off the hook (if you still have that type of phone), put your feet up (if you still have those kind of feet) and enjoy eleven nerve-shredding minutes of motorcycle angst.

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