‘Michael’ visiting Berlin

Pic preemed in German capital in 1924

The Berlin Film Festival will screen a newly restored version of Danish helmer Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film “Michael” as a special event in its Retrospective section.

Pic recounts the relationship between aging painter Claude Zoret (Benjamin Christensen) and the young Michael (Walter Slezak), reflecting the complexity of inspiration and dependency between master and muse.

Pic, which preemed in Berlin in 1924 to thunderous applause, unspools Feb. 11 at the Volksbuehne am Rosa Luxembourg Platz accompanied by music performed by the ensembleKontraste under the direction of Pierre Oser.

The Danish Film Institute, which oversaw the pic’s restoration, and the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation are partnering with the Berlinale on the event, which continues the Retrospective’s collaboration with the Volksbuehne theater.

Guests at this year’s Retrospective, which is focusing on leading international actresses from the 1950s, will include Swedish thesp Harriet Andersson, star of Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 pic “Summer With Monika.”

In 2005 Swedish journalist Jan Lumholdt published a book of interviews with Andersson. Both will be guests at the Filmmuseum Berlin on Feb. 13 to discuss the star’s career.

During the fest, discussions on film will be held at the Filmmuseum daily at 6 p.m.

A panel discussion on this year’s Retrospective publication, “Traumfrauen. Stars im Film der Fuenfziger Jahre” (“Dream Women. Stars of the 1950s”) will include Elisabeth Bronfen and Claudia Lenssen, two of the 23 female writers who contributed to the Retrospective book, speaking about femininity in American and European cinema of the 1950s.

Additional events include a lecture by Marisa Buovolos on film and fashion as well as presentations of books and DVDs, including two non-commercial DVD releases, a scholarly edition of “Metropolis” and the “Marshall Plan Films,” which have screened at the Berlinale.

Other literary works to be showcased include a three-volume work on the history of German documentary film, “Geschichte des dokumentarischen Films in Deutschland 1895-1945,” presented with a program of films at CinemaxX 8.

The Instituto di Cultura Italiano di Berlino is dedicating an exhibition to one of the Retrospective’s actresses, Anna Magnani: “Ciao Anna! — Hommage an Anna Magnani” will offer private photos, shots from rehearsals and film stills.

Also showcased will be “Kinos. Berlin um die Ecke und Entdeckungen unterwegs,” a book on Berlin’s landmark cinemas and their neighborhoods.

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