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Day of Wrath

Synopsis
A classic film by Carl Dreyer depicting the events in a seventeenth century Danish community which sees an accusation of witchcraft levelled against the wife of a cathedral notary. It deals with his prime concerns of religious faith, the supernatural, social intolerance, innocence and guilt, and the clash between society and the individual - especially the individual woman.
Adapted from a 1909 stage play, ‘Anne Pedersdotter’, by Norwegian writer Hans Wiers-Jenssen. Danish dialogue with English subtitles.

DVD extras include feature documentary by Danish Dryer expert Casper Tybjerg; two short films by Dryer - THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER (1947, 15 mins) and A CASTLE WITHIN A CASTLE (1955, 8 mins).
Language
Danish
Country
Denmark
Year of release
2006
Year of production
1943
Documentation
Fully illustrated booklet including an essay on Day of Wrath by film historian Philip Kemp and ‘Film art as passion’, an essay on the director’s work by Casper Tybjerg
Subjects
Drama; Film Studies
Keywords
Denmark; feature films; film adaptations; witchcraft; Dreyer, Carl

Credits

Director
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writer
Hans Wiers-Jenssen
Contributor
Casper Tybjerg

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
££19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
95 minutes
Year
2006

Sections

Title
Fight against Cancer, The
Duration
15 mins

Title
Castle within a Castle
Duration
8 mins

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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020 7957 8957
Fax
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Address
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