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?
A Drama of Fear and Superstition in the 20th Century
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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
When Absalon converses with Laurentius on his death bed, a microphone is visible at the top of the frame. See more
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.
Referenced in The Voice of Bergman