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Big screen classics

Day of Wrath

Vredens Dag

Carl Dreyer’s masterpiece about superstition, sexual longing and barbaric cruelty in a Denmark devoted to ridding itself of witchcraft.

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Denmark 1943
Dir Carl Theodor Dreyer
With Lisbeth Movin, Thorkild Roose, Preben Lerdorff Rye
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Set in 17th-century Denmark, where women are routinely persecuted for witchcraft, this film centres on the troubled relationship of an elderly parson cursed by someone sent to the stake, and his young wife, the daughter of a woman suspected of sorcery. Dreyer’s unsensational depiction of this world is masterly in its balancing of grim cruelty and rapt passion, dark superstition and the beauty of nature.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wednesday 14 August will be introduced by Dr Claire Thomson, UCL.


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