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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.
- 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
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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.
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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Dreyer’s 1943 film, based on the play by Norwegian Hans Wiers-Jenssen, is first and foremost a stunningly powerful piece of cinema addressing, as it does, Dreyer’s recurring themes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith M
Carl T Dreyer is, along with Ozu, Welles and Renoir, THE supreme film-maker of the 20th century. This film demonstrates his stripped-down, rather austere style and yet again... Read morePublished on 30 April 2014 by The Kevster