Michael

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Released 1924

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Director:
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Released:
1924
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Michael is a silent film classic directed by Carl Theodore Dreyser in 1924. It tells the story of famous artist Claude Zorett (Benjamin Christensen) who falls in love with one of his models, Michael (Walter Slezak). They fall in love and live together as partners. However, Claude is significantly older than Michael, and Michael begins to drift away without Claude even noticing. As this happens, a bankrupt countess, Lucia Zamikow (Nora Gregor), comes to Claude to have a portrait done with the real intent of seducing him and stealing his money. However, she and Michael fall in love and hatch a scheme to steal Claude's work and sell it. When Claude finds out, he is devastated and falls ill. Coming to his aid is his friend and longtime admirer, Charles Switt (Robert Garrison), who nurses his sick friend. Based on a novel by Herman Bang, Michael is an early film exploration of homosexuality and a devastating portrayal of man destroyed by a romantic betrayal.moreless

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Gay & Lesbian, Foreign Language, Classics