Afterimage No. 5 - 1974 / Aesthetics/Ideology/Cinema
Centrepiece to an issue guest edited by Noël Burch was his polemical and controversial essay ‘Propositions’ (co-written with Jorge Dana) that categorised films according to the authors’ work on the dominant codes of cinema. Dreyer’s Gertrud was exemplary for its refusal of those codes. With its long takes, theatrical staging and extraordinary central performance by Nina Pens Rode, it is as one of Dreyer’s most remarkable – and more rarely screened – films.