Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Countries & Regions: Denmark
Studio: British Film Institute
Length: 119 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 13 March 2006
Cat No: BFIVD665
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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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
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s acclaimed philosophical drama focuses upon a farming family in the Danish region of West Jutland. Pious Borgen, the... Read More
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.