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Day of Wrath

Vredens Dag

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Denmark, Sweden, 1943
Drama, History

Synopsis

Filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Carl Dreyer’s Day of Wrath is a harrowing account of individual helplessness in the face of growing social repression and paranoia.

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Day of Wrath Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
This is a composed film, one as controlled as its characters; the film is almost suffocating in its quietude and construction… Their world lacked plenitude, so it was sought with God or with the Evil one.
February 23, 2016
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Furious passions burst through the film’s quiet sobriety: a shot in which Anne, gliding wordlessly, ensnares Martin in her gaze has the force of the Dance of the Seven Veils. Dreyer’s impious, anarchic drama is a cry of rage at abusive authority, whether political, familial, religious, or moral; he celebrates erotic love as the natural order of things.
February 19, 2016
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One of the great visionaries of cinema, [Dreyer] somehow managed to infuse his films with a definite style while simultaneously creating a minimal, almost austere, feeling. There is always an uneasy tension at work, which provides a sense of uncertainty and power. There is a constant feeling of remove.
November 28, 2008
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