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January 26, 2018 – February 4, 2018

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1899–1968) was one of world cinema’s great directors, responsible for a 40-year succession of masterpieces. Following a tumultuous childhood, Dreyer worked as a hot-air-balloon supervisor at Danish studio Nordisk before working his way up to director. Austere in their design, his films are meticulous in their charting of internal emotion and crises of faith (he was deeply non-religious) and vibrant portraits of individuals at odds with themselves and society. Characterized by shimmering black-and-white cinematography and committed performances by his actors, this series of his best-known works, including a live score performance of his legendary silent The Passion of Joan of Arc, offers the opportunity to delve into his startlingly beautiful films.

Day of Wrath

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Made nearly ten years after Dreyer’s landmark Vampyr, Day of Wrath, set in the 1620s, charts the loveless marriage of


Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Dreyer’s final film, Gertrud, is last in a long run of masterpieces. A portrait of a woman in crisis, the

Master of the House

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

One of Dreyer’s early works, Master of the House was ahead of its time in its examination of marital relations


Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Ordet, or “the word,” follows the Borgen family, led by the widowed patriarch Morten (Henrik Malberg). The pull of a


Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Shot on location and in three languages at a time when both practices were radical innovations, Dreyer’s haunting vision of

Voices of Light The Passion of Joan of Arc

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

One of the most elemental and stunning silent films in world cinema, Dreyer’s examination of the trial of Joan of

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.