Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival

Michael

Unlock to stream instantly
Already unlocked? for access

Give as a gift

This virtual screening is eligible for audience awards! Unlock it to cast your vote.
Protected ContentThis content can only be viewed in authorized regions: North Dakota, Minnesota.
$10After unlocking, you'll have 43 hours 12 minutes to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 24 hours to finish watching. Need help?

To watch this Program Block, you can purchase an Individual Ticket for $15 or purchase the All-Access Pass, which provides access to all of the festival's online Program Blocks, individual films, filmmaker Q&As, and panel discussions.


Please note online access to the festival is limited to North Dakota and Minnesota.


Presented in partnership with the North Dakota Film Society.


This film is available to view midnight, Tuesday, September 7 through midnight, Saturday, September 18.

Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer's Michael is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer's better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history. Collaborating with famed German cinematographers Karl Freund (MetropolisThe Last Laugh) and Rudolph Maté (Passion of Joan of ArcDOAMichael offers the first fully realized example of Dreyer's emotionally precise, visually extravagant style.


Based upon Herman Bang's 1902 novel, Dreyer's Michael refashions the classical Greek myth of Jupiter and Ganymede into a love triangle between an aging artist, Zoret (director Benjamin Christensen), his protagonist Michael (Walter Slezak, later to play the Nazi villain in Hitchcock's Lifeboat) and Princess Zamikoff (Nora Gregor, Rules of the Game), an aristocratic femme fatale as entranced by Michael's youthful beauty as Zoret is. As Michael plunges from the dizzying heights of new love to the depths of theft and betrayal, Zoret experiences a spiritual rebirth from out of the ashes of rejection and despair.


A film of exquisite artistry, Michael is both elaborately theatrical and remarkably restrained. Dreyer elicits vivid and passionate performances from his adroit cast, including the screen's only acting appearance by cinematographer Freund. Co-written by Fritz Lang's wife and collaborator Thea von Harbou (MMetropolis), this intimate and compelling film possesses a bold level of emotional detail and depicts the twilight of a male-male romance with unusual daring and subtlety.


Screened in partnership with the North Dakota Film Society.

  • Year
    1924
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Language
    Silent, German
  • Country
    Germany
  • Director
    Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Screenwriter
    Thea von Harbou and Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Cast
    Benjamin Christensen, Nora Gregor, Max Auzinger, Walter Slezak, Karl Freund
  • Cinematographer
    Rudolph Maté and Karl Freund