Michael (1924)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1924
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Closeups of burning intensity and opulent tableaux of frozen horror suggest the great director's transcendent theme, of divine grace granted and withheld.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

A dull piece of work, redeemed only by some artistic scenes and Benjamin Christensen's able portrayal of Claude Zoret, an artist.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A truly fascinating film with just the tiniest hint of the greatness yet to come.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Illuminated by extraordinary reserves of feeling

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Minor Dreyer film but the ending makes it worthwhile.

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George Matalliotakis
Wonderful early-period Dreyer film that has something of the great stoicism of his last, Gertrude. That is especially apparent in the figure of the master… More