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Heart's Desire

Carl Th. Dreyer, Germany, 1924

75 min.Feature

An elderly painter, Claude Zoret, adores the young pupil he has adopted first as a model and then as his son. Zoret watches helplessly as Mikaël drifts away from his exotic love into an affair with the even more exotic Princess Zamikoff. Driven to despair by the boy's unconscious cruelty, he shuts himself away as a hermit, gives up his will to live, and dies after leaving everything he owns to Mikaël. (Excerpt from "The Cinema of Carl Dreyer" by Tom Milne, published 1971).
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Michael
Danish title Mikaël
Other titles Heart's Desire, Chained
Director Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer
Based on Efter Herman Bangs roman "Mikaël" (1904).
Director of Photography Karl Freund, Rudolph Maté
Composer Karsten Fundal
Production designer Hugo Häring
Appearances Benjamin Christensen, Walter Slezak, Nora Gregor, Alexander Murski
Production country Germany
Production companies Decla-Bioscop
Domestic distribution Dansk-Svensk Film
Technical info 1966 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 17.11.1924
Cinemas Palads Uropførelse i Berlin 26/9 1924 i Ufa-Theater Kurfürstendamm

Companies

Production companies Decla-Bioscop
Domestic distribution Dansk-Svensk Film

Direction

Direction Carl Th. Dreyer

Script

Script Carl Th. Dreyer

Production

Executive producer Erich Pommer

Cinematography

Cinematography Karl Freund
Cinematography Rudolph Maté
Camera assistant Robert Baberske

Music

Music Karsten Fundal

Production design

Production design Hugo Häring

Appearance

Claude Zoret, maler Benjamin Christensen
Mikaël Walter Slezak
Prinsesse Zamikow Nora Gregor
Hr. Adelsskjold Alexander Murski
Fru Adelsskjold Grete Mosheim
Schwitt Robert Garrison
Hertug de Monthieu Didier Aslan
Kunsthandler Leblanc Karl Freund
Enke Wilhelmine Sandrock
Baron Eugène de Klotz
Appearance Max Auzinger
Appearance Mady Christians

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