Michael has become one of my favourite films from the silent era, it has such depth of feeling and is beautifully composed. As in old photographs, there is an extraordinary amount of detail in the interior shots, and many of the objects on the set are of special interest, reflecting as they do the tastes of a great artist. There is plenty of time to absorb these things, as well as the wonderfully nuanced acting, although I found I enjoyed it even more on the second viewing. The subject of the artist and the young man whom he takes on as a model and sort-of surrogate son, with a definite sense of a gay feeling, is strikingly modern, and really moves you towards the end. I can't imagine there was any other film at the time that portrayed a gay love so overtly or sympathetically, and it is no surprise that it came out of Denmark which has always been such an exemplary society, I get the impression. It is a story of a man at the height of his powers undone by a feckless youth, but it is shown with such skill and restraint that you come away feeling you have been taken into a sense of our deepest humanity. I love the European score because it has so much Schumann and Mendelssohn; it seems to fit perfectly. An alternative American score is also provided, which, together with the booklet and extras make it a very well-produced edition.