KOSMORAMA NEWSLETTER #12
KOSMORAMA #260 / SUMMER 2015
Two historical films dealing with the merits of strong women, nobility and royalty are on the agenda in this issue of Kosmorama.
C. Claire Thomson has ventured into the Dreyer-collection at the Danish Film Institute and traced the meticulous research undertaken by Carl Th. Dreyer in the 1940s and 1950s when he was working on a biopic on Mary Stuart.
Dreyer is usually hailed as a filmmaker striving for minute historical authenticity in his films. Thomson, however, argues that even though Dreyer was extremely well-versed in both the history and the historiographical controversies surrounding Mary, Queen of Scots, he readily dispensed with historical accuracy in order to achieve passionate drama in the manuscript for his unrealised film. The original manuscript for Dreyer's film is embedded in the article.
Casper Tybjerg, too, has consulted several archives to analyse and put one of Danish film’s comedy classics into historical and national perspective. The film, Sørensen and Rasmussen (1940) featured fine performances by two of Danish film’s all-time greatest female actors, Bodil Ipsen and Marguerite Viby.
The article examines the production of the film in comparison with the radio play on which it was based and the contemporary reception, with particular emphasis on the film’s populist nationalism in the context of the German occupation of Denmark.