Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 24, 2010

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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  • Film

 (Denmark/1943—directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer)

Of the fourteen films that Dreyer completed during his sixty-year career, few received significant distribution in America. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and Vampyr (1932) are probably his best-known here; less well known is the great Day of Wrath, the story of a young 17th century woman who begins a passionate affair with her stepson, and is tried as a witch after her husband – a pious, aging pastor – dies. Majestic, uncompromising and still remarkably relevant, Day of Wrath inexorably moves us toward that point at which a victim is so overwhelmed by her accusers that she no longer has the luxury of recognizing reality; she becomes, in a sense, the otherworldly creature she is accused of being. That the viewer can fully grasp her inner state at the film’s still-horrific conclusion is proof of Dreyer’s honesty and aversion to easy manipulation – as well as his unparalleled genius as storyteller. In Danish with English subtitles. (110 min.)

“A psychological masterpiece. The most intense, powerful film ever made on the subject of witchcraft.” -Pauline Kael, The New Yorker