Jesus, can these people express one normal human emotion or at least look at each other occasionally when they speak? It's like an Asperger soap opera.

6 years ago


Now I've seen Gertrud I've watched Dreyer's five major films in order, starting with The Passion of Joan of Arc - which was nothing less than exceptional, now one of my very favourite films and my incentive to see the rest of his work. With each film of each decade I've found my tastes and his output have diverged and my admiration for his work lessen and lessen - culminating in Gertrud which I found almost unwatchable. I was uninterested in the interminable conversations about Gertrud's failed romances and idealised love, and a great deal of staring into the middle distance. It said absolutely nothing to me of the actual state of love or heartbreak, internalised to the point of parody, and I hardly cared else about any character as a result. Dreyer's sparse, appropriately dry telling didn't help that. Finally Gertrud herself comes across as arrogant, self-defeating, even delusional in her hopeless quest for a love worthy of her. Some like to call this a masterpiece, presumably because it's largely impenetrable and features Dreyer's usual mastery of the medium, but frankly it bored me senseless.

9 years ago


The mirror scene is just a pure ART !!

7 years ago

More info & statistics

8.5% of the viewers favorited this title, 2.1% disliked it

Currently in 11 official lists, but has been in 12


zherff added this title to their watchlist


Tina Quintero checked this title

a week ago

simplesyrup added this title to their watchlist

2 weeks ago

zherff added this title to their watchlist

2 weeks ago

soloveitchik2020 added this title to their watchlist

3 weeks ago

kritof checked this title

a month ago


Log in to see which of your friends have seen this movie

Bodil Award - Best...

74 movies · At #19

Sight & Sound's The...

807 movies · At #49

Cahiers du Cinéma's...

100 movies · At #54

TSPDT's 1,000...

1005 movies · At #90

The Criterion Collection

1338 movies · At #130

Anthology Film...

542 movies · At #192

Mark Cousins's The...

522 movies · At #265

1001 Movies You Must...

1009 movies · At #413

Cahiers du Cinéma's...

582 movies · At #473

Jonathan Rosenbaum's...

1133 movies · At #514

David Thomson's Have...

1011 movies · At #642