Michael
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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 Walter Slezak), the Master graciously accepts the plaudits of his acolytes.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A dull piece of work, redeemed only by some artistic scenes and Benjamin Christensen's able portrayal of Claude Zoret, an artist."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"A truly fascinating film with just the tiniest hint of the greatness yet to come."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Illuminated by extraordinary reserves of feeling"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Minor Dreyer film but the ending makes it worthwhile."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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