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2,378 Ratings


Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Denmark, Sweden, 1955
Drama, History


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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Ordet Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1955 | Winner: Golden Lion

National Board of Review

1957 | Winner: NBR Award

Golden Globes (USA)

1956 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

By the time he made “Ordet,” the modern had become classical, and Dreyer had stripped his style of angular expressivity in favor of a still yet furious clarity that seemed to see through things to reveal their transcendent essence. That achievement is an even greater miracle—and it’s appropriate to the radical Christianity at the heart of this movie.
January 28, 2014
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…What drove me nuts [about the film] as a teenager is far from unconnected to what makes me consider Ordet one of the greatest of all films today. The experience of the film demands a certain struggle, regardless of one’s beliefs, and the fact that it can’t be easily processed or rationalized or filed away is surely connected to what keeps it alive and worrying…
January 01, 2008
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