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Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Produced: 1954

Countries & Regions: Denmark

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 119 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 13 March 2006

Cat No: BFIVD665

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

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Ordet

Cast: Emil Hass Christensen , Heusik Malberg , Birgitte Federspiel , Preben Lerdoff Rye , Henrik Malberg , Cay Kristiansen , Ejner Federspiel , Gerda Nielsen , Ann Elisabeth Rud , Ove Rud , Susanne Rud , Henry Skjaer

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Carl Theodor Dreyer’s acclaimed philosophical drama focuses upon a farming family in the Danish region of West Jutland. Pious Borgen, the father, forbids his younger son Anders to marry his girlfriend because her family belongs to a different Protestant sect. The ecclesiastical debate strikes to the community’s heart, with only Inger, the wife of another of Borgen’s sons, bridging the religious divide. The remarkable climax is described by director Paul Schrader as ’one of the great moments in film history’ and ’Ordet’ features on the Vatican’s greatest movies’ list.

A film that takes its time beautifully. Like F.W. Murnau's 'Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans' and Jean Cocteau's 'La Testament D'Orphee' this is cinema as poetry. The camera movement, such as the three hundred and sixty degrees tracking shot around Preben Lerdorff Rye and Ann Elisabeth Rud, is subtly done and compliments the performances. It takes a second viewing to notice Carl Dreyer's skill in handling his performers and crew.

When watching 'Ordet' for the first time one barely notices the tracking and panning shots. This is because as a viewer you are lost in the world of the film. Carl Dreyer has the ability to make you believe in the worlds he creates, especially the world of 'Ordet', that is his genius. You don't think of the actors and crew getting ready to do a 'take' when watching this sublime masterpiece. 'Ordet' is very much real. As real as the personages of Hamlet and Sir John Falstaff.

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