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  • Actors: Thorkild Roose, Ilsbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Preben Lerdoff Rye, Anna Svierkier
  • Directors: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6UXN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,559 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

DVD Extras

  • 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

Review

'...a masterpiece...achieving almost unbearable emotional intensity.' --Time Out Film Guide

'Should be remembered permanently in the history of cinema' --Monthly Film Bulletin

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By technoguy VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2009
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Filmed by Dreyer in Denmark under the Nazi occupation,,the atmosphere of persecution and paranoia during a witch hunt through a 1620s Danish village is well captured.The parson's wife Anne(Lisbeth Movin)tries to save an elderly woman(Anna Svierkier) from being caught as a witch.Anne is the young second wife of Reverend Absolom,who saved Anne's mother from being tried as a witch.Herlofs Marthe is tortured and burned at the stake, cursing Absolom as she is put to the stake.The Absolom household is thrown into confusion as Anne falls in love with Absolom's returning son,Martin,under the suspicious gaze of Meret,Absolom's domineering,possessive mother.Absolom's marriage is loveless and childless,preferring to talk to God than his beautiful young wife.Anne wishes her husband,out in a storm,was dead,telling first Martin and then Absolom,who dies of heart attack on his return.In declaring her thoughts,she opens herself to denunciation,believing herself to have entered a secret hereditary vocation of evil.Dreyer's Rembrandt-like compositions and lighting,his fluid camera movement,minimal lighting and shadows of the austere,claustrophobic interiors,in contrast to the pastoral escapes into the open landscape of the young lovers,above all Movin's sexually charged performance as Anne,whose desires and sensuality are equated to satanism by the narrow minded.Dreyer highlights women's plight of how men co opt religious dogma to oppress and punish female desires.There is little chance of redemption.
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Carl Th. Dreyer is a director in dire need of rediscovery by cineasts and dedicated tv broadcaster alike. DAY OF WRATH and ORDET used to figure frequently on prominent critics 10 BEST FILMS EVER lists ever but lately this Danish auteur seems to have been sidetracked. Now DAY OF WRATH and ORDET are again released in glorious, restored versions. Both utterly compelling films going straight for your brain and throat. These two masterpieces are complimented by Dreyer's last ouevre GERTRUD, a work with which the darling director of the young French New Wave directors managed to split a world of critics into two shouting halves. Also included in the beautiful box is a stunning new documentary. Treat yourself, treat your school, treat your viewers. It's doesn't come better.
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Stark spellbinding religious tale by the great Carl Dreyer is not quite as good as Ordet but comes pretty close.

Set in 17th century Denmark,Herlofs Marte ( a superb Anna Svierkier)is sentenced to death for witchcraft ;she curses her chief accussor Absalon Pedersson ( Thorklid Roose)before being burned .Needless to say things do not turn out well for poor Absalon as his wife betrays him setting off a chain of events that destroy his family.To say more would spoil it.

Filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark the theme of individuals trapped in a repressive society was a pertinent one.Carl Andersson's luminous photography is a major asset in this marvellous film as is the performance of Lisbeth Movin as the "villain" of the piece- an intoxicatingly sensual portrayal of a woman denied.
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First and foremost, yes this is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Dreyer bases his story on a historical episode which took place in Norway in the 16.th century (Norway being part of Denmark then). As far as I remember, the priest's widow was acquitted of witchcraft and thus escaped the fire - the young woman (Lisbeth Movin) in the film is not so lucky.

It was said of Dreyer, that he made his actors do their uttermost to become the caracters they were supposed to play. The priest (Thorkil Roose) and his mother (Sigrid Neiiendam)were both actors at the Royal Theatre, the young people, the wife (Lisbeth Movin) and the priest's son (Preben Lerdorff Rye)had just started their careers. Preben L-R became a distinguished actor both at the theatre and in films - he often played villains! Lisbeth Movin withdrew early - her role in "The Day of Wrath" was the climax of her career. The scenes between her and her elderly husband are touching, he knows, that he is losing her but gives her what happiness he can - hoping she will respond in some way.

The film is beautifully photographed, the scenes in the torturechamber resembles a dutch baroque painting (the statist were artists, hence the beards!).

I hope, that many will see this film - it (and Dreyer) deserves it.
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Day of Wrath is an intense film in which 3 very different female characters both dominate the story and leave us with a queasy sense of moral uncertainty. First there is the persecuted but innocent old 'witch' (Anna Svierkier), a role that is more shocking today than it would have been back in 1943. Second, the central character of Anne, Absolom's wife, offers a profound sense of ethical unease for the audience. Finally, the mother-in-law, a role easily overlooked as it comes the closest to caricature ... but the way she spits 'shameless' at her son and her hatred for Anne is utterly convincing. These characters combine to forge a compromised and uncertain moral landscape which leaves the viewer with no easy options.
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