PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA: MICHAEL
1 hr 33 min, NR - Drama
Filmed in 1924 by the brilliant Danish director Carl Theodore Dreyer, fellow director Benjamin Christensen stars as “The Master,” a world-renowned painter. Celebrated for his portrait of a “beautiful” young male art student named Mikael (played by a slim, 22-year-old Walter Slezak), the Master graciously accepts the plaudits of his acolytes. Inwardly, however, he is tormented by his strong, passionate feelings for Mikael. Ironically, both men have a falling out over the affections of a woman (Nora Gregor) — and when The Master dies, Mikael is accused of his murder.