Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival as well as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, this screen adaptation of Kaj Munk’s acclaimed play finds a family of farmers in Denmark and their struggles with their own faith.
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Religion - Something I can’t believe existed as a concept, let alone people even entertaining the idea of following or living their lives under rules or ideas from a religion. 60+ years on, and the world is still plagued with religion. To think man has come so far, but yet there are still people who believe in religion.
Imagine you watch this film, one of the Johannes scenes and there are some weird shadows on the wall and you can´t find their source. Soon after you do realize there is an insect stuck in your lamp but those few seconds jesus christ :D
Bergman (most notably with 'Through a Glass Darkly') and Dreyer understood the dangers of religious delusion. By no means a rejection of faith, but certainly a rebuke regarding misinterpreted sensings of 'God's voice' and the dangers of pragmatically anthropomorphising such 'epiphanies'.
The cinematic and the spiritual exist in close dialogue in Ordet. The elegance, austerity and honesty of this remarkable filmmaking—often mistaken for mere simplicity—conceal a quiet storm of drama and incendiary ideas. As both cinema and thought, Ordet is deceptively potent and provocative. It’s a lion of a film masquerading as a lamb. http://filmcapsule.com/2014/04/10/ordet-1955/
Immense. Cold rational Danish peasants confronted to the irrational, madness and miracles. Blonde is Blonde with the exception of Johannes, the miracle maker. Is faith reserved to women, children and fools ? Huge. A DVD zone your library.
[REVIEW] Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)
Such perfect mastery of time and rhythm perhaps unequaled in cinema...The austerity of Ordet, its sense of balance, simplicity, humility, and unaffectedness, becomes a part of the characters’ experience, and so too does it become part of the viewers’ transformative experience musing Dreyer’s masterwork.
99/100 - Masterful
4/5. Reet gradely. The loony burbling religious stuff was RISIBLE - don't have a full bladder as you will laugh till you pee when the see the him walking round moaning about Jesus. But the death scene onwards was fascinating. Ending was very predictable a good 1/2 hour beforehand. Nice photography too. BUT VERY VERY SCANDO-DREARY! The sort of film which Woody would love to mock.