#1: Photo by Jacob Ehrbahn [2011]

 

   


DIRK BRÜEL   DFF

 

Born: 29 December 1942, København [Copenhagen], Denmark, as Dirk van Cappelen Brüel, son of painter/actor Carl Michael Nordlien Brüel [1917-85].

Education: Den Danske Filmskole/National Film School of Denmark, Copenhagen [DDF] [1967-69].

Career: Trained as a still ph [since 1962] in the advertising business.

Member of the DFF since 1969.

His son Nicolai is a doph.

Ph stills for Tine Bryld's book 'Stærk nok?' [1979]. Was co-author [with Jan Weincke, a.o.] of the book 'Fotografens øje - Dansk filmfotografi gennem 100 år' [2009].

Awards: Bodil Special Award [1977]; Robert Festival Award [1991] for 'Springflod'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1999], Robert Festival Award [2000] & Palm Springs IFF 'Da Vinci' Award [2000; shared] for 'Magnetisörens femte vinter/The Magnetist's Fifth Winter'; Robert Festival Award nom [2005] for 'Familien Gregersen'.


Dirk Brüel: 'I read the script rather slowly the first time and already at that stage I begin putting it into pictures. Then I read it again while in meetings with the director, who expands on a number of the scenes. This leads to more images and, if I am lucky, I can see so much of the film in my mind's eye that I don't have to cling to the script any longer. Thinking about the lighting can keep me awake at night until I find just what may become the soul of the film I am going to shoot. [...] I want to constantly move the camera and comment with it in order to generate life and extract the maximum emotion from a scene. The cinematographer matters to the cast. In a way you are the primary eye directed at them, and with which they sometimes seek contact to obtain the first reaction to their question: Was that good enough or do we do it again?'

'The realism I aimed for in my films from the 1970s was very much inspired by the French nouvelle vague. What we wanted to do was recreate natural light sources and not to over-light, as was the style of Danish popular comedies. Actually, I was afraid of color too and I horrified the laboratories by underexposing a little and creating images with fewer contrasts. When I do things I give way to my feelings. I can tell instinctively if things are good or bad. In those days we could practically play our way to the desired results, and really that suits my disposition very well. Things easily become too inflexible if they're committed to a script or storyboard first.'

'Nowadays I often use big floods of light and I am not afraid of a forceful style. A scene such as the escape across the rooftops in 'The Magnetist's Fifth Winter' took up a couple of lines in the script, but was expanded until it took four or five days of shooting. We were inspired by the shadow effects of 'The Third Man'. It is natural to be inspired by old movies - and paintings too - because film is a conservative medium. Everything comes in waves, disappears, and returns again, for example the use of the hand-held camera, which was popular in the 1960s as well. Digitalization will not change the fundamental job of the cinematographer, only demand that he or she acquires new skills. The need for the cinematographer's sympathetic artistic insight will always remain the same.' [From article by Liselotte Michelsen & Morten Piil.]


 

 FILMS

1963

Hurra for os/Meet the Danes [Hagen Hasselbalch] b&w; doc/304mtr; cph: Henrik Heger & Mikael Salomon

1967

Boxiganga [Tom O'Horgan] c; short/50m

1969

Gitte i april/Gitte in April [Hans Kristensen] ?; short/37m; prod DDF

1969

Revolution [Christian B. Thomsen] ?; short/40m; prod DDF

1970

Choices [Paul Secon] b&w; cph: Claus Ørsted & Leif Hansen; completed in 1970, but never released

1970

Kære Irene/Dear Irene [Christian Braad Thomsen] b&w

1970

Ind imellem bliver vi gamle [Ole Roos & Charlotte Strandgaard] ?; doc/25m

1971

En mand/A Man [Ole Roos] ?; short/30m

1971

Exhibition of M [Barry Bryant] 16mm/?; doc/39m

1971

The Fight Between Industry and Poetry [Per Ingolf Mannstaedt] 16mm/?; doc/44m

1971

Livet er en drøm [Franz Ernst] 16mm/c; doc/68m

1971

Slumstormerne/Slumstormer trilogien 1/The Squatter Trilogy [Christian Braad Thomsen] 16mm/c; doc/21m; 1st part of 'Slumstormerne'-trilogy

1971

Det kan blive bedre, kammerat/Slumstormer trilogien 2 [Christian Braad Thomsen] 16mm/c; doc/35m; 2nd part of 'Slumstormerne'-trilogy

1972

Stærekassen/Slumstormer trilogien 3 [Christian Braad Thomsen] 16mm/c; doc/20m; 3rd part of 'Slumstormerne'-trilogy

1972

Mine ting [Franz Ernst] 16mm/c; short/?m; fragment from 'Livet er en drøm'; also seg of anthology 'Danske piger viser alt - en film i 20 kapitler/Danish Girls Show Everything' (1996/93m/20 seg)

1972

Flugten [, nr. 1]/The Escape [Hans Kristensen] us/c

1972

Papir [Poul Trier Pedersen] b&w; short/25m

1973

Skagen 72 [Claus Weeke] ?; doc/15m

1973

Detaljer fra den vesteuropæiske industrikultur [Per Ingolf Mannstaedt] 16mm/?; exp short/14m

1973

Er kongen død? [Gert Fredholm, Arne Forchhammer & Henning Camre] 16mm/b&w; doc/38m; cph: Peter Bergh, Jesper Høm & Gregers Nielsen

1973

Eline - der første 16 måneder [Lise Roos] ?; doc/52m; cph: Peter Roos

1974

Yoga - en vej til lykken/Yoga - A Road to Happiness [Hagen Hasselbalch] c; doc/90m; cph: H. Hasselbalch & Subrata Mitra

1974

Klaus Rifbjerg [Jørgen Leth] c; doc/22m

1974

Nøglehullet/Nyckelhålet/The Keyhole [Paul Gerber] c

1974

Skipper & Co. [Bjarne Henning-Jensen] c

1974

Per/Flugten, nr. 2 [Hans Kristensen] c; 2uc: Claus Loof

1975

Cobra et après [Ole Roos] 16mm/c; doc/54m; cph: O. Roos & Peter Roos

1975

Kroppens træning og udtryk I [Eske Holm] b&w; doc/27m

1975

Kroppens træning og udtryk II [Eske Holm] b&w; doc/29m

1975

Bejleren - en jysk røverhistorie [Knud Leif Thomsen] c

1975

Dejlig er den himmel blå [Jon Bang Carlsen] 16mm/?; doc/45m; cph: Freddy Tornberg, Morten Bruus, a.o.

1975

Herfra min verden går/Well-Spring of My World [Christian Braad Thomsen] 16mm/c; doc/77m

1975

Den dobbelte mand/The Double Man [Franz Ernst] c

1976

Blind makker/Blind Is Beautiful [Hans Kristensen] c

1976

En Forårsdag i Helvede/Un printemps en enfer/A Spring Day in Hell/A Sunday in Hell [Jørgen Leth] c; doc/112m; cph: Dan Holmberg (fotografisk planlægning/co-ord), Henning Camre, Jacques Loiseleux, Jan Weincke, Ron Goodman, a.o.

1976

Skyld og straf [Erik Nørgaard] ?; doc/?m

1976

Drenge/Boys [Nils Malmros] c; cph: Morten Bruus & Morten Arnfred

1976

Christiania [Ove Nyholm & Fleming Colstrup] c; doc/87m; cph: Bille August, Katja Forbert Petersen, Morten Bruus, a.o.

1977

Clark [Poul Martinsen] c; docudrama/104m; cph: Morten Bruus, Dan Holmberg, Jan Weincke & Michael Christensen

1977

Kloden rokker [- Roskilde Festival]/This Rockin' Globe [John Menzer] c; mus doc/89m; cph: Simon Plum, Henrik Herbert, a.o.

1977

Smertens børn/Children of Agony [Christian Braad Thomsen] c

1977

Veronicas svededug [Jytte Rex] s8+16mm-to-16mm/c; cph: J. Rex (s8 ph)

1977

De gale i Havanna/Madness in Havana [Merete Borker & Lars Engels] ?; doc/?m

1977

En fisker i Hanstholm/A Fisherman from Hanstholm [Jon Bang Carlsen] c; dram doc/64m; 2uc: Jan Weincke & Alexander Gruszynski

1978

Honning Måne/Honeymoon/In My Life [Bille August] c; cph: Fritz Schrøder

1978

Charlie Rivel - en film om en klovn [Jimmy Andreasen, Ebbe Preisler & Svend Abrahamsen] c; doc/44m; cph: J. Andreasen, Morten Bruus & Alexander Gruszynski

1978

92 minutter af i går/92 Minutes of Yesterday [Carsten Brandt] c

1978

Achilleshælen er mit våben/The Achilles Heel Is My Weapon [Jytte Rex] c; cph: Alexander Gruszynski & J. Rex (s8 ph)

1978

Drømme støjer ikke, når de dør [Christian Braad Thomsen] c

1979

Johnny Larsen [Morten Arnfred] c

1979

Historien om en moder/The Story of a Mother [Claus Weeke] 16mm/c; short/52m

1979

Kvindesind [Stig Björkman] c

1980

Børn på hospital [Lise Gjødesen] ?; doc/?m

1980

Pigen fra havet/Huset ved havet [Claus Weeke] c; 69m

1981

Tag feen i den anden hånd [Hans Kristensen] ?

1981

Guldhjertet [Bille August] c; short/22m

1981

Kniven i hjertet/The Knife in the Heart [Christian Braad Thomsen] b&w

1981

Slingrevalsen [Esben Høilund Carlsen] c

1982

Go' morgen Morgen [Ulla Raben] 16mm/c; doc/21m

1982

Hjemlig hygge [Morten Arnfred] c; short/15m

1982

Jeg troede vi havde en aftale [Li Vilstrup & Bodil Moseholm] ?; doc/33m

1982

Der er et yndigt land [Morten Arnfred] c

1983

Koks i kulissen/Ladies on the Rocks [Christian Braad Thomsen] c; 2uc: Fritz Schrøder

1983

Tukuma [Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt] c; cph: Birger Bohm

1983

Bakom jalusin/Bag jalousien [Stig Björkman] c; cph: Lars Karlsson

1984

Per Nørgård - et arbejdsportræt [Lennart Pasborg] ?; doc/39m

1984

Paradiset er ikke til salg [Teit Ritzau] c; doc/61m; cph: Peter Roos, Jan Weincke & Henning Bendtsen

1984

Gittes monologer - Per Højholt [Ebbe Preisler] c; doc/63m; cph: Manuel Sellner

1984

Tænk selv, en film om Poul Henningsen [Dan Säll] ?; doc/43m; cph: D. Säll & Gunnar Magnusson

1984

Stationer/Stations [Rumle Hammerich] ?; short/50m

1984

Der er en kridtcirkel om dit liv/Skyld og straf II [Dirk Brüel, Erik Nørgaard & Stefan Christian Henszelman] c; doc/44m

1985

Den kroniske uskyld [Edward Fleming] c; cph: Jesper Find

1986

Flamberede hjerter [Helle Ryslinge] c; cph: Søren Berthelin

1986

Flygtning [e.g. #3 'Antonio og Maria - på flugt fra Guatemala' dir by Morten Arnfred] ?; 13-part doc series

1987

Opløsning [Frans Bauhaus] ?; short/22m 

1988

Himmel og helvede/Heaven and Hell [Morten Arnfred] c; 2uc: Dan Laustsen

1988

Århus by Night [Nils Malmros] c; ext ph; ph: Jan Weincke

1989

Dagens Donna [Stefan Henszelman] c; 2uc: Fritz Schrøder, Peter Roos & Allan Olsson Lückow

1989

Sirup [Helle Ryslinge] c

1990

Syv-et/7-1 [Frans Bauhaus] c; short/26m; cph: Kim Sejer Larsen

1990

Springflod [Eddie Thomas Petersen] c

1990

Christiania, du har mit hjerte/Christiania - You Have My Heart [Nils Vest] c; doc/62m; cph: Alexander Gruszynski, Manuel Sellner, Freddy Tornberg & Gregers Nielsen

1991

Den magiske orden - en film om dansk design [Claus Bohm] c; doc/38m

1991

Bare løgn! [Bodil Trier] c; short/45m

1991

De nøgne træer/The Naked Trees [Morten Henriksen] c; 2uc: Jan Weincke

1992

Det forsømte forår/The Lost Spring/Stolen Spring [Peter Schrøder] c; + co-scrpl

1993

Roser og persille/Tango for tre (tv-title) [Eddie Thomas Petersen] 16mm-35bu/c; 2uc: Eric Kress; also 5-part tv-miniseries, 1994 (230m)

1994

La hija del Puma/Pumaens datter/The Daughter of the Puma [Ulf Hultberg & Åsa Faringer] c

1994

Fyr og flamme [Franz Ernst] c; short/7m; also edited into 'Så er der forfilm 2' (1995)

1995

Asger Jorn in memoriam [Ole Roos] ?; doc/26m; cph: Peter Roos

1995

I velfærdets favn [Ingrid Oustrup Jensen] c; doc/58m; cph: Peter Roos, a.o.

1995

Kun en pige/Just a Girl [Peter Schrøder] c; 2uc: Anthony Dod Mantle; also 3-part tv-miniseries (164m)

1995

Cirkus Ildebrand [Claus Bjerre] c

1997

Himmelstigen [Nils Vest] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/58m; co-addph; ph: Erik Norsker

1997

Skat, det er din tur [Mette Louise Knudsen] c; cph: Jørgen Johansson

1997

Et hjørne af paradis/A Corner of Paradise/A Scent of Paradise [Peter Ringgaard] c; 2uc: Mario Cardona

 

With dir Lone Scherfig

 

1997

Når mor kommer hjem.../On Our Own [Lone Scherfig] c; cph: Søren Berthelin

1998

Afmagt/Powerlessness [Martin Schmidt] c; short/49m

1998

Magnetisørens femte vinter/The Magnetist's Fifth Winter [Morten Henriksen] c; 2uc: Nils Petter Lotherrington; vfx ph (winter scenes): Jan Weincke

1998

Den blå munk/The Blue Monk [Christian Braad Thomsen] c

1999

Morten Korch - Solskin kan man altid finde/Morten Korch [- You Are My Sunshine] [- Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining] [Christian Braad Thomsen] c; doc/52m

1999

Kærlighed ved første hik [, nr. 1]/Love at First Hiccough [Tomas Villum Jensen] c

1999

Solen er så rød/When the Sun Goes Down [Jens Arentzen] DigiBeta/c; short/38m; cph: Claus Sisseck

2000

Slip hestene løs/Release All the Horses/Break Your Bounds [Erik Clausen] c

2000

Et rigtigt menneske/Dogme #18 - Et rigtigt menneske/Truly Human [Åke Sandgren] c

2000

En kort en lang/Shake It/Shake Your Heart [Hella Joof] scope/c; co-2uc; ph: Eric Kress

2001

Kat/Cat [Martin Schmidt] c

2001

Min søsters børn/My Sister's Kids [Tomas Villum Jensen] c; extra ph: Jan Weincke

2002

Ondskabens anatomi/The Anatomy of Evil [Ove Nyholm] c; doc/93m; cph: Dan Holmberg

2002

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself/Wilbur begår selvmord [Lone Scherfig] HD (Sony)-to-35mm/c; addph; ph: Jørgen Johansson

2002

Lykkevej/Move Me [Morten Arnfred] c

2002

A Piano Tale [Benjamin Holmsteen] c; short/8m

2003

Møgunger/Nasty Brats/The Little Rascals [Giacomo Campeotto] c

2004

Return to Sender/Convicted [Bille August] c

2004

Familien Gregersen/Lost Generation [Charlotte Sachs Bostrup] Hawk Scope/c; 210m; addph: Anthony Dod Mantle & Morten Bruus

2005

Mørke/Murk [Jannik Johansen] c; 2uc; ph: Rasmus Videbæk

2005

Without Apparent Motive [Bille August] announced; status unknown

2006

The Black Pimpernel/Den sorte Pimpernel/Svarta nejlikan [Ulf Hultberg] s35/b&w-c

2006

Chacun son cinéma [ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence [seg 'The Last Dating Show' dir by Bille August] b&w-c; 33 seg + epilogue

 

Actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen - DB - dir Bille August - "Marie Krøyer"

 

2011

Marie Krøyer/Balladen om Marie/The Passion of Marie [Bille August] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus)/c

 

 TELEVISION

1978

Et par dage med Magnus [Bille August] 3-part miniseries; cph: Fritz Schrøder

1978

Kammesjukjul [Nils Malmros] tvm/40m; cph: Morten Bruus

1978

Rejs dig Emil Koch [Poul Trier Pedersen] tvm/110m

1982

Ude af stand [Hans Engberg] ?

1982

Udvikling [Tørk Haxthausen] 3-part miniseries, 1982-83; cph: Birger Bohm

1987

Sorgagre [Morten Henriksen] tvm

1988

To som elsker hinanden [Annelise Hovmand] 3-part series

1994

Flemming og Berit [Lone Scherfig] 6-part series; 2uc (ep #6); ph: Kim Hattesen

1994

Tango for tre [Eddie Thomas Petersen] 5-part miniseries; see Films (1993, 'Roser og persille')

1995

Kun en pige [Peter Schrøder] 3-part miniseries; see Films (1995)

2002

Se dagens lys [Steen Rasmussen & Michael Wikke] tvm

2003

Forsvar/Defense [ep #5 'Den gode søn', #6 'Den man elsker' & #7 'Kæmp for alt hvad du har kært' dir by Morten Arnfred] 29-part series, 2003-04; 1st season, 2003; other ph: Lars Vestergaard (#1-4 & 8)

2003

Forsvar/Defense [ep #17 'Fremtid med havudsigt, 2. del', #18 'Skytsenglen, 1. del' & #19 'Skytsenglen, 2. del' dir by Morten Køhlert] 2nd season, 2004; other ph: Torben Forsberg & Eric Kress; see 2003

2003

Detaljer [Bille August] tvm

2004

Forsvar/Defense [ep #28 'Det største offer' & #29 'Kærlighed og død' dir by Morten Køhlert] 3rd season, 2004; other ph: Torben Forsberg & Henrik Jongdahl; see 2003

2006

Historien bag kameraet [Torben Glarbo] 6-part doc series/b&w-c, 2007; cph: T. Glarbo & Henrik Herbert

2006

Anna Pihl [ep #11-15 dir by Morten Arnfred] 30-part series, 2006-08; 2nd season, 2007 (10 ep)

2009

Blekingegade/The Left Wing Gang [5 ep dir by Jacob Thuesen] 5-part series/HD, 2009-10

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1967

Fantasterne/The Dreamers [Kirsten Stenbæk] still ph; ph: Mikael Salomon

1968

Soldaterkammerater på bjørnetjeneste/Soldaterkammerater, nr. 6 [Carl Ottosen] c.asst; ph: Henning Bendtsen

1986

Composer Meets Quartet [Jørgen Leth; mus doc/v] co-c.op; ph: Dan Holmberg