Day of Wrath (2008)
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Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag) is set in 1623 Denmark, where Anne Pedersdotter (Lisbeth Movin), the second wife of a Danish pastor, grows to loathe her husband for his self-asceticism and instead falls in love with the minister's son - with whom she spends an inordinate amount of time. Locals overhear her wishing aloud for her husband's death; when he dies of a stroke not long after, she is accused of witchcraft, a charge taken seriously enough to be punishable
Aug 29, 2008 Wide
Sep 9, 2008
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I'd be saving a spot for it near the top of my 10-best list if the movie hadn't been made 65 years ago.
A stark, brooding treatment of adultery, incest, and murder, an elemental tragedy not so far from a James M. Cain triangle, albeit shot so as to deliberately evoke the Dutch masters.
Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1943 masterpiece begins as a film about seventeenth-century witch hunts in Northern Europe, but it's really a psychological thriller about the pull of evil on weak souls.
Astonishing in its artistically informed period re-creation as well as its hypnotic mise en scene, it challenges the viewer by suggesting at times that witchcraft isn't so much an illusion as an activity produced by intolerance.
Dreyer goes to the Christian heart of the matter in this film. Damned powerful.
This masterwork is as modern as Euripides, timeless as O'Neill and Arthur Miller, militant as Friedan or Steinem, and empathetically devastating as Hawthorne.
Dryer's precision proves highly effective in creating the film's mood of dark oppression, and every detail is perfectly in keeping with the film's tone %u2013 which often resembles a thriller.
Dreyer's fluid, softly moving camera that takes in long, slow shots heightens the sensual nature of the film as well as its mystery.
There couldn't be a clearer statement made about the powerful who persecute their subjects in the name of religion.
Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1943 parable about witch-finding and witch-burning in 17th-century Denmark is coldly brilliant.
A compelling family melodrama and a sombre exploration of how men co-opt religious dogma to oppress and punish female desires.
The triple crosses of faith, doubt, and heresy are borne by Dreyer's characters across a cinematic landscape of darkness and light, shadow and substance.
Day of Wrath is probably the simplest of the Dreyer films that I've seen, but it is still a great work.
Dreyer was a master of conveying emotion in a way that can only be called "literary"
A study of good and evil, repression and oppression, sexuality and guilt, Day of Wrath is a truly spiritual film.
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