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A feeling for atmosphere

Wahl Jan

in Carl Theodor Dreyer and Ordet

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136189
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813141176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813136189.003.0006
A feeling for atmosphere

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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

Chapter.  2044 words. 

Subjects: Film

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