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Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Produced: 1943

Countries & Regions: Denmark

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 95 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 10 April 2006

Cat No: BFIVD666

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Languages(s): Danish
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Day of Wrath

Cast: Lisbeth Morin , Thorkild Roose , Lisbeth Movin , Sigrid Neiiendam , Preben Lerdoff Rye , Anna Svierkier , Albert Hoberg

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In 17th century Denmark, the elderly Cathedral Notary Absalon Pedersson (Thorkild Roose) is cursed at the stake by an elderly peasant... Read More

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In 17th century Denmark, the elderly Cathedral Notary Absalon Pedersson (Thorkild Roose) is cursed at the stake by an elderly peasant woman whom he has tortured into a confession of witchcraft. Soon after, Pedersson’s young wife Anne (Ilsbeth Movin) begins an affair with Martin (Preben Ledorff Rye), Pedersson’s son from an earlier marriage. When Anne tells Pedersson of her love for Martin the old man suffers a fatal heart attack, and Anne soon finds herself facing accusations of witchcraft. Carl Dreyer (’The Passion of Joan of Arc’) directs.

By Day of Wrath, Dreyer's cinematic world was one in which shadows have as tangible a presence as silence. From the shadows of leaves that flicker across Herlof's Marthe's face before she is burned as a witch to the shadows that briefly touch Anne's cheek as she summons her mother's supernatural power of calling, they are signs of foreboding and there's a sense that death is abroad in the land, casting its brief, fateful presence over people's lives.

It's set during the 17th century witch-hunts. A reverend, old Absalon Pedersson, has taken a lovely young wife, Anne, whose mother was suspected of witchery. Absalon spared the mother to gain the daughter. When Martin, Absalon's son by his first marriage arrives, Anne glimpses the possibility of the joy she's so far been denied.

Though her fate is circumscribed in a world of suspicion and righteousness, the scenes in which she tries her independence are memorable. Her confrontation of Absalon is invigoratingly powerful, and the noiseless, erotic slink with which she crosses the floor when he's out in the marsh is entrancing, the howling wind outside increasing the shell of silence inside.

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