Day of Wrath

  • PG
  • Carl Th Dreyer (1943)
  • Den (SUB)
  • 92 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Put to the stake for witchcraft, a woman (Anna Svierkier) places a curse on the pastor (Thorkild Roose) who condemned her. Disaster and death are then visited upon the pastor and his family, beginning with his discovery that his wife (Lisbeth Movin) is having an affair with a younger man (Preben Lerdoff Rye). Made by Denmark's great genius of the cinema, Carl Th Dreyer (his first film since Vampyr a decade earlier), this is a coldly uncompromising vision of human frailty, stupidity, bigotry and cruelty, made all the more horrifying by the startling beauty of its images. Not an easy experience, but a rewarding one.

Plot Summary

Period drama directed by Carl Th Dreyer. In the 17th Century, a young woman wishes her much older husband dead. When he does die soon after, she is accused of being a witch.

Cast and crew


Absalon Pedersson
Thorkild Roose
Anne, his wife
Lisbeth Movin
Merete, his mother
Sigrid Neiiendam
Martin, his son
Preben Lerdorff Rye
Herlofs Marte
Anne Svierkier
Olaf Ussing
Albert Hoeberg


Carl Th Dreyer

Other Information

Danish +subtitles
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video and DVD
Released 6 Jun 2003
Certificate PG