Anyone else find it funny? Johannes thinks he's Jesus Christ. "Have you spoken to Johannes?" "Yes." "I hope he wasn't unpleasant to you." "No, no. But was he born, well, a little ..." "Yes. We don't talk about it much up here, but with you ..." "No. Something happened. Was it .. a love affair?" "No. No. It was Soren Kierkegaard."
If cinema was described by many christians as a creation of the devil, like Jean Epstein points out in his writings, it is perhaps because of its amazing power. No other technology has managed to create a hole through time, to make the dead live again. And in a grim world where no one believe, it is fitting that the one and only messiah is now the film actor, rising above all others.
8 - The anti-"Day of Wrath". It might not be my personal favorite from Dreyer, but I will freely admit that it might be his most accomplished effort, mostly for the sheer sincerity and maturity with which he tackles material so challenging and unconventional that it wouldn't feel out of place in a Flannery O' Connor anthology (well, at least not until the final minutes). Oh, and it's earth-rendingly gorgeous to boot.
stunning. can hardly handle the social complexities being outlined in this film whilst maintaining the most wonderful tone throughout. again, like Day of Wrath, the camera work is great - particularly the scene when Johannes and his niece discuss the looming death of her mother with an ever rotating shot. questions of faith, belief and the supernatural drive this toward the sublime.
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.
Knowing it as being often considered one of the greatest films ever made, I was expecting more. No, that’s not quite right. It was what I expected, I suppose, but I expected to have a different reaction. Maybe it’s because I’m not religious, but I found myself unaffected, indifferent. I must admit there were surely moments of brilliance, it is a very good film, but not enough for me to put it in my personal canon.