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Day of Wrath

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Day of Wrath

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Lisbeth Movin, Thorkild Roose
director:
Carl Theodor Dreyer
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

Set in the 17th century, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s famed Danish drama boils with repressed passion, paranoia, hypocrisy, superstition, and betrayal. But don’t expect anything like the recent heavy-breathing Scarlet Letter — Dreyer is up to something infinitely more subtle in Day of Wrath. A young bride (Lisbeth Movin) married to the elderly village parson (Thorkild Roose) briefly escapes her dour existence during an affair with her handsome stepson. When the minister is unexpectedly killed, the wife is accused of witchcraft by her mother-in-law and lover. Her response is quite haunting, as is the film’s spare, black-and-white beauty, which — despite the video’s low-contrast 16-mm source print — evokes a distant time and place. A-

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