The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

DVD - 2016
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The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen
Credits: Director of photography, Danny Cohen ; editor, Melanie Ann Oliver ; music, Alexandre Desplat.
Performers: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tussie Silberg, Adrian Schiller.
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for some sexuality and full nudity CHV rating: 14A
Language Note: In English or dubbed French, with optional subtitles in English SDH, Spanish or French
UPC: 025192324598
Call Number: DVD D

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The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.


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jimg2000
Dec 18, 2019

Heartfelt performance by Eddie on a controversial and graphic role. I empathize and sympathize with Lili Elbe and Gerda. As for the film's premise, the epilogue says all:

Lili Elbe's diaries became the basis of the groundbreaking memoir "Man into Woman". published in 1933. Her bravery and pioneering spirit remain an inspiration for today's transgender movement. Gerda continues to paint portraits of Lili for the rest of her life.

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dirtbag
Sep 25, 2018

Well done by all cast members with only a couple of examples of over-acting. It is remarkable how brave Einer/Lili was to take on transition at the turn of the century. However, the ending of the movie was over the top and ridiculous.

JCLIngridP Aug 30, 2018

Great performances by Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne, very thought-provoking, romantic and emotional. I wished they'd stayed together as a couple.

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booksmile
Mar 10, 2018

Wish they'd included a few more things: like the fact that the Danish government let her legally change her name and get a new passport as Lili...also wish they'd cast a non-cisgender actor although he did a good job....gorgeous visuals and an important bit of history not often told though!

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wildct2003
Dec 19, 2017

Interesting period piece.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2017

Taken from David Ebershoff’s book, Tom Hooper’s somewhat histrionic biopic of Lili Elvenes who, in 1920’s Denmark, became one of the first transgendered women to undergo reassignment surgery is apparently so full of fabrications and crucial omissions that it may as well be fiction. Eddie Redmayne’s porcelain features and quiet voice are convincingly feminine as he undergoes the transformation from shy Einar to demure Lili and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Gerda is a fiery mix of devotion, jealousy, and unrequited love (for some reason her overt lesbianism was glossed over for the big screen). But the idea of battling personalities vying for Wegener’s soul threaten to turn the production into a queer take on "The Three Faces of Eve" (or "The Exorcist" ) and Hooper subjects his audience to a few too many tear-filled confrontations with handwringing and tortured gazes all around. She may not have been the first, but the story of Lili Elvenes (or Lili Elbe in the film) is nevertheless an important chapter in the history of transgendered people. Unfortunately Hooper irons out the complexities of her situation and turns the whole thing into a highly polished period drama with an “inspirational” ending that’s pure treacle.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Sep 26, 2017

Pretty, romantic drama. I enjoyed the beauty, artistry, romanticism, and dramatism of the film and the love between the two characters; particularly at the beginning. However, I must confess I wasn't able to relate and resonate all that well with the transgender theme, and the film drifted off a bit for me into something that didn't plug all that easily on my heartstrings- although there were still many nice moments. I also must admit I borrowed the movie specifically in the hopes of some education and inspiration to do more research on the matter myself.

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Caro_D
Jul 23, 2017

Every time I see a film with Eddie Redmayne I pick it up. I have never been disappointed. There are actors who really disappear in the role. Eddie Redmayne does. I was first aware of him in the mini-series "The Pillars of the Earth". He has not disappointed me yet.

This film shows how courage and love can reach achievements for both individuals in their lives and for all of us living in this world.

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dylankemp
Jun 07, 2017

Really quite wonderful. The landscapes and the people are both drawn beautifully.

LoganLib_Aavishka Feb 22, 2017

It was an interesting movie. I applaud Eddie for taking on such a unique role and he performed brilliantly. Such an amazing actor who takes your breath away. Very heart touching movie.

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jimg2000
Dec 18, 2019

20 significant quotes in IMDb already, thanks to its contributors, including this one:

Lili Elbe: So, what you're suggesting is that, uh, a doctor intervened. To correct a mistake in nature.

Henrik: He made you a woman.

Lili Elbe: No, God made me a woman. But the doctor... He... The doctor is curing me of the sickness that was my disguise.

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jimg2000
Dec 18, 2019

20 significant quotes in IMDb already, thanks to its contributors, including this one:

Lili Elbe: So, what you're suggesting is that, uh, a doctor intervened. To correct a mistake in nature.

Henrik: He made you a woman.

Lili Elbe: No, God made me a woman. But the doctor... He... The doctor is curing me of the sickness that was my disguise.

britprincess1ajax Aug 20, 2016

"I've only liked a handful of people in my life, and you've been two of them."

britprincess1ajax Aug 20, 2016

"We went for coffee, and after, I kissed him. And it was the strangest thing. It was like kissing myself."

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dirtbag
Sep 25, 2018

dirtbag thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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