Gertrud (1964)

Nine years after the release of his acknowledged masterpiece, Ordet, Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer offered this a story of an individual in search of a measure of personal peace and serenity, which proved to be his last completed… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 19, 1964
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's exquisite, unbearable, and unforgettable.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

One of the most purely cinematic discourses of the 1960s.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

Here is an enigmatically modern film with the deceptive air of a staidly old-fashioned one.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Stanley Kauffmann
New York Times

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Much maligned on its release, this mesmerising picture was subsequently hailed as one of the most remarkable achievements of a brilliant career.

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Variety Staff

Nina Pens Rode has the right luminous quality for the romantic, uncompromising Gertrud, while the men are acceptable if sometimes overindulgent in their roles.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Jon Fortgang

An elegant melodrama, acted and directed with precision. Let it unfold at its own unhurried pace and the rewards are ample and long lasting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
morose, but the characteristic cadence and sensitivity of Dreyer's mise en scene can always captivate the heart.
Walter M.
In "Gertrud," Gustav(Bendt Rothe) is excited at the prospect of being named cabinet minister. His wife Gertrud(Nina Pens Rode) is alright with this… More