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Carl Theodor Dreyer and OrdetMy Summer with the Danish Filmmaker$
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Jan Wahl

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136189

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136189.001.0001

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A feeling for atmosphere

A feeling for atmosphere

(p.43) 5 A feeling for atmosphere
Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet

Wahl Jan

University Press of Kentucky

As the production crew awaits appropriate weather conditions, Dreyer confides in Wahl his anxiety over the day's cloudy atmosphere. He tells Wahl that it is difficult for him to sleep at night because he spends so much of his time worrying about the weather. Dreyer describes the way in which a film must grow naturally out of its surroundings and emphasizes the importance of the atmosphere to the film's success. Later in the evening, Dreyer and Wahl have coffee with the entire cast of the film, and Dreyer discusses the work for the coming day. Wahl reveals Dreyer's original studio plan to film the scenes in chronological order; however, out in the country, Dreyer takes the easier shots first and then waits to film the most crucial scenes when the atmosphere cooperates. Toward the end of the chapter, Wahl introduces the film's producer, Tage Nielsen, who comes to the set angry about the weather delays.

Keywords:   Weather, Atmosphere, Tage Nielsen

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