Gertrud

Carl Th Dreyer's final film -- though I so wish he'd ever managed to finish his one about the life of Jesus -- abandons the religious themes of his previous work for a conversation of whether love or career are more important in life. A series of conversations. A series of long conversations. Gertrud (1964) represents the end of the downward curve toward static long takes Dreyer took over his career. The film only has about 90 shots, the average length of which is 82 seconds and the longest is nearly 10 minutes. Comparatively, The Passion of Joan of Arc is positively bombastic with it's 3 second average shot length. It's a meticulously staged film, and all the more fascinating for it.