Day of Wrath

Day of Wrath

Carl Th Dreyer (1943)

92min
PG Certificate
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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.

Summary

The wife of a parson decides to come clean about her romantic feelings toward her stepson - but the shock kills her husband, leading the townsfolk to accuse her of witchcraft. As the day of her trial approaches, the evident hopelessness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her completely. Drama from director Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Lisbeth Movin, Thorkild Roose and Preben Lerdorff-Rye. In Danish.

Cast & 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
Laurentius Olaf Ussing
Bishop Albert Hoeberg
Director Carl Th Dreyer
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Other Information

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

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