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Day of Wrath (1943)

Vredens dag (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 24 April 1948 (USA)
The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark.
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Uncredited cast:
Kirsten Andreasen Kirsten Andreasen ... (uncredited)
Sigurd Berg Sigurd Berg ... (uncredited)
Harald Holst Harald Holst ... (uncredited)
Albert Høeberg ... The Bishop (uncredited)
Emanuel Jørgensen Emanuel Jørgensen ... (uncredited)
Sophie Knudsen Sophie Knudsen ... (uncredited)
Preben Lerdorff Rye Preben Lerdorff Rye ... Martin (Absalon's son from first marriage) (uncredited)
Lisbeth Movin Lisbeth Movin ... Anne Pedersdotter (Absalon's second wife) (uncredited)
Preben Neergaard Preben Neergaard ... Degn (uncredited)
Sigrid Neiiendam ... Merete (Absalon's mother) (uncredited)
Emilie Nielsen Emilie Nielsen ... (uncredited)
Thorkild Roose Thorkild Roose ... Rev. Absalon Pederssøn (uncredited)
Anna Svierkier ... Herlofs Marte (uncredited)
Hans Christian Sørensen Hans Christian Sørensen ... (uncredited)
Olaf Ussing Olaf Ussing ... Laurentius (uncredited)
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In a 17th-century Danish village, an old woman is accused of witchcraft. In the shadow of her flight, capture, confession, and burning at the stake, the young wife of the town's aging pastor falls in love with the pastor's son. Her confession of this illicit affair to her husband brings on her husband's death. At the funeral the pastor's mother denounces the young widow as a witch. Will the widow's lover come to her defense, or has the day of wrath returned? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Drama of Fear and Superstition in the 20th Century See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

24 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day of Wrath See more »

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Palladium Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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There was a gap of eleven years between this film and Dreyer's last feature, being Vampyr in 1932. See more »

Goofs

When Absalon converses with Laurentius on his death bed, a microphone is visible at the top of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Absalon Pederssøn: I am tired. But I don't think I can rest. I come from a man who died in piety. But otherwise, if I think of all the sighs from other deathbeds I have sat by, I see only sin... and sin... and sin. The pleasure of the moment. The secret sin. Oh, Lord... what lives men lead.
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Are You A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch? Which?
7 July 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Just borrowing a phrase with my summary, and not trying to trivialize "Day Of Wrath", an extraordinarily powerful film. I think we in the States are not used to films as masterfully done and as impactful as this one.

In the 17th century - Europe as well as in the States - witchcraft and witch hunts were all the rage, an age of ignorance during the Age Of Enlightment. How quaint and simplistic a notion that someone could be a witch just by anothers accusation! Director Carl Dreyer brings this idea home to us in this methodical masterpiece in harrowing detail. His story centers on a young Danish woman who goes from mouse-wife to temptress to doomed heroine. She is surrounded throughout the picture by hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness and in the end she succumbs to Christian ideals, the same ones she had been struggling to suppress for most of the picture.

You can watch until your eyes drop out and you won't find a scene not executed to perfection in all departments. I am not familiar with the actors but they were outstanding down to the smallest part. The pacing, like a Bergman film, is slow and deliberate, much the same way it would have been lived out in the 1600's. The Inquisition-type scene involving the old accused woman is even slower still, making the scene all the more horrifying, even though the torture is in the viewers mind and not on screen. Note how slowly the camera pans around the chamber of judges.

There are so many scenes worth mentioning, but it's best to see the picture for yourself if you haven't. It is an unforgettable treatment of nasty, unsavory material.


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