At the end of the middle ages, Ursula is accused of having poisoned her own husband. She claims she is innocent, but to prove it, she must submit to a ritual: trial by fire, walking on fire along a path leading directly to a crucifix.
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Again and again with Mr. Sjöström: the outcast. Either they're shunned, or they're hunted, by society. And how often too the woman who's forced into a relationship with a man she detests, or is used then kicked to the curb by a rat. This is very fine. Aside from its sustained visual pleasures - ah, that lighting and framing! - Sjöström is getting increasingly psychologically complex as he goes.