Carl Theodor Dreyer

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Carl Theodor Dreyer was born the illegitimate son of a Danish farmer father and a Swedish mother; when he was a young boy his mother died and he was adopted by a Danish family named Dreyer. He embarked upon several ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1889 in Denmark

Filmography

Writer (6)

Medea 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gertrud 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ordet 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day of Wrath 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vampyr 1931 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Passion of Joan of Arc 1926 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (5)

Gertrud 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Ordet 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Day of Wrath 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Vampyr 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

The Passion of Joan of Arc 1926 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Diaries, Notes and Sketches 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (1)

Vampyr 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (1)

Vampyr 1931 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Carl Theodor Dreyer was born the illegitimate son of a Danish farmer father and a Swedish mother; when he was a young boy his mother died and he was adopted by a Danish family named Dreyer. He embarked upon several careers before becoming a journalist in 1909. In this position, he wrote a series of articles profiling Danish celebrities which put Dreyer in touch with the world of film and theater. In the tradition of other Scandinavian directors, he began his film career by writing scripts; he joined the Danish state studio, Nordisk Films, in 1913 and became a full time screenwriter two years later, scouting for and adapting literary material, writing intertitles and editing film.

Relationships

Brother-In-Law

Carl Dreyer

Father
adoptive parent

Inger Dreyer

Mother
adoptive parent

Gunni Dreyer

Daughter
born in 1913

Erik Dreyer

Son
born in 1923

Ebba Larsen

Wife
married from 1911 until his death in 1968

Josefin Nilsson

Mother
Swedish had son illegitimately died from accidental phosphorus poisoning in 1891

Jens Torp

Father

Milestones

1964

Last film, "Gertrud"

1952

Made manager of Copenhagan cinema house, Dagmar, by Danish government

1932

First sound film as director, "Vampyr"

1928

Made last and most notable silent film, "The Passion of Joan of Arc"

1920

Left Nordisk Films Kompagni

1919

Film directing debut with "Praesidenten/The President" (also screenwriter)

1913

Hired by Nordisk Films Kompagni as screenwriter

1912

Screenwriting debut with "Bryggerens Datter/The Brewer's Daughter"

1912

Hired as newspaper columnist for "Ekstrabladet"

1910

First passenger to fly between Denmark and Sweden

1906

Left home

1891

Adopted by the Dreyer family

Formed independent production company with Baron Nicholas de Gunzburg in early 1930s

Worked as a theater critic

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