"Day of Wrath may be the greatest film ever made about living under totalitarian rule... I can't think of another '40s film that's less dated." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader (http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/day-of-wrath/Film?oid=1150790)
DAY OF WRATH
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1943
Filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark and brimming with barely concealed commentary about the medieval methods of the invaders, Day of Wrath is itself an act of black magic. Casting a glance at the witch-hunts of the seventeenth century, Dreyer treats history as a present-tense crisis. The stunning Lisbeth Movin stars as Anne, the young wife of the much older Absalon Pederssøn (Thorkild Roose), lately cursed by an elderly widow he ordered burned at the stake. Is Anne’s affair with Absalon’s son from a previous marriage an act of sexual license or a mystic compulsion? An unacknowledged influence on Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, Day of Wrath treats the allegorical implications of the material in an expansive and irresolvable manner. Instead of dismissing the persecutions as backwards folk paranoia, Dreyer advances a plausible case for witchcraft as feminist resistance. (KW)
In Danish with English subtitles.
97 min • Palladium Productions • 35mm from Janus Films