Retrospective of Danish Documentaries

The Perfect Human

Jørgen Leth

Black and white pseudo-anthropological study of human behavior depicts in smallest detail a man and a woman during their everyday life routines such as eating, sleeping, walking, dressing up... For the whole time being both of them look perfectly neat, as if not from this world. The author in this, according to many a cult documentary, in an extremely ironical and comical way plays with human perception and desire for various reachable, but more often unattainable ideals.

Jørgen Leth

Jørgen Leth, born in 1937, Aarhus, Denmark, is film director, journalist, poet. Guest lecturer at the National Film School of Denmark. Leth’s writing includes poetry, essays, radio and television dramas. Directed over forty films since the early 1960s. Owns the company Sunset Productions. A key figure in the 1960′s milieu of experimental documentary filmmakers. His special achievement awards include the Thomas Mann Award 1972, the Danish Academy’s Special Prize 1983, the Hammerich Award 1992, and a lifelong grant from the Danish Art Foundation 1995. His most important films are ‘The Perfect Human’ (1967), ‘Life in Denmark’ (1971), ’66 Scenes from America’ (1981) and ‘Erotic Man’ (2010).

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Denmark
1967, 12', 35 mm

Directed by:
Jørgen Leth

Screenplay by:
Ole John, Jørgen Leth

Cinematography:
Henning Camre, Ole John

Music:
Henning Christiansen

Produced by:
Laterna Film