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Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)(Day of Anger)

Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)(Day of Anger) (1943)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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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

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Sep 9, 2008

Janus Films

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (0) | DVD (7)

However bleak, Day of Wrath is a masterpiece. See it.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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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.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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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.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A lesser Dreyer work, but only in comparison with his own achievements.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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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.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Dreyer goes to the Christian heart of the matter in this film. Damned powerful.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania

This masterwork is as modern as Euripides, timeless as O'Neill and Arthur Miller, militant as Friedan or Steinem, and empathetically devastating as Hawthorne.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Anne is a romantic trapped in a vengeful world. Thus, she's doomed.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

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.

July 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dreyer's fluid, softly moving camera that takes in long, slow shots heightens the sensual nature of the film as well as its mystery.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There couldn't be a clearer statement made about the powerful who persecute their subjects in the name of religion.

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1943 parable about witch-finding and witch-burning in 17th-century Denmark is coldly brilliant.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A compelling family melodrama and a sombre exploration of how men co-opt religious dogma to oppress and punish female desires.

June 1, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

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.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Day of Wrath is probably the simplest of the Dreyer films that I've seen, but it is still a great work.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Dreyer was a master of conveying emotion in a way that can only be called "literary"

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A study of good and evil, repression and oppression, sexuality and guilt, Day of Wrath is a truly spiritual film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)(Day of Anger)

my favorite dreyer film, more ambiguous than 'ordet', and even bleaker. made during the nazi occupation of denmark and it's easy to draw some parallels tho dreyer claimed this was unintentional on his part :P
June 23, 2012
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Another triumph by Carl Dreyer. A young woman marries a pastor quite a bit older than her. She meets his grown son, and they begin an affair. In the meantime, a neighbor woman who is accused of witchcraft asks the young woman to protect her from the authorities. This story of hypocrisy, intolerance and betrayal should be on everyone's must-see list. However, if you're not familiar with Dreyer's work --- AND WHY AREN'T YOU?!? -- be prepared that it's slow going. But like all of Dreyer's films, it's well-worth the effort of a little patience.
May 22, 2010
webalina

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I know this is a masterpiece, but I just wasn't into it. It's sooo solemn and glum and metaphorical.
October 21, 2008
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