DAY OF WRATH
A Film by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Set in seventeenth-century Denmark, Day of Wrath is a dark and powerful tale of love and betrayal, and of a community obsessed with the fear of witchcraft.
A priest tortures a confession out of an old woman accused of witchcraft; meanwhile his young wife (whose own mother had been suspected of being a witch) meets and falls in love with the priest's son by a former marriage.
Seen by some as an allegory of the Nazi occupation of Denmark, by others as an indictment of male domination and suppression of strong women, Day of Wrath is a stunning example of the humanity, artistic power and technical mastery of Carl Dreyer's art.
- Feature commentary by Danish Dreyer expert Casper Tybjerg
- The Fight Against Cancer (Dreyer, 1947, 15 mins)
- A Castle Within a Castle (Dreyer, 1955, 8 mins)
- Fully illustrated booklet including essays by Casper Tybjerg and Philip Kemp
Denmark | 1943 | black & white | Danish language English subtitles | 95 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
'...a masterpiece...achieving almost unbearable emotional intensity.' --Time Out Film Guide
'Should be remembered permanently in the history of cinema' --Monthly Film Bulletin