Original title: Vredens Dag
Directors: Dreyer, Carl Theodor
Cast: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin
Denmark 1943 | Black & white | 97 mins
Avaliable on: 35mm, DVD
Set in 17th century Denmark, this is a dark and powerful tale of love and betrayal within a community gripped by an obsessive fear of witchcraft. A priest tortures a confession out of an old woman, while his wife meets and falls in love with the priest’s son by an earlier marriage. Seen by some as an allegory of the Nazi occupation of Denmark and by others as an indictment of male domination and suppression of strong women, Day of Wrath has an extraordinary emotional intensity achieved by superb performances and Dreyer’s restrained and spare style.