Just stunning - one of the greatest films of all time. Brilliant in its scenario and the parallels to the Nazi occupation. Brilliant in its acting and use of camera. It will also leave you breathless to think that humanity could behave like this - and still does.
This one treads a fine line: is it the complete and utterly white stigmatization of the female desire OR the champion of it and a satire of the totalitarian (male, enforced by their mothers) institutions? I honestly don't know. That Anne, at the end, comes to believe herself that she's "guilty" kind of saves the film, as it can be seen as a satire/tragedy. Everything before that is beautifully shot but very suspect.
10 - How great it feels to deem a film to be among your very favourites, only to love it even more on a rewatch. Mind you, that is the only inkling of joy one can realistically squeeze out of "Day of Wrath"; to call it a harrowing experience is tantamount to calling Captain Beefheart a slightly peculiar dude whose music is a little offbeat. The camerawork and framing in this are also nothing short of marvelous.
4.5 - my first dreyer. absolutely lovely in its assessment of sin as perceived by society, the multi-faceted pressures it creates and the potential consequences thereof. the inquisitorial portion of the film is harrowing, wonderful camera work and use of light as means to open up movement and characterization.
Dreyer looks at the actions of the characters and uses them as a moral, spiritual, and personal crisis in which to look for nothing less than meaning in life. The true tragedy of this film comes at the very end, when we see that Anne has come to believe she is what everyone else thinks she is.