It was perhaps inevitable that a book about unfilmed films would remain unwritten, at least for a while; and while the pandemic has put paid to international travel and archive work, it has opened up space for thinking and improvising. As is well known, Carl Th. Dreyer’s oeuvre encompassed three major (and some minor) film projects that remained uncommitted to celluloid, but which left behind substantial quantities of writing and research materials. Less well known is Dreyer’s short career as an archivist, which may help to explain his meticulous archiving of sources and ideas. In this talk I will present some work-in-progress on Dreyer’s work-in-progress, using as a prompt the office consumable that structures his archive: the index card. 

Moderated by: Professor John Sundholm

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