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Big screen classics


The Word

Dreyer’s masterpiece explores the tensions arising within a family due to different attitudes to religious faith – and earthly love…

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Denmark 1955
Dir Carl Theodor Dreyer
With Henrik Malberg, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Birgitte Federspiel
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Dreyer’s adaptation of a play by Kaj Munk concerns a close-knit family riven by different attitudes towards religious faith, not least by one son’s belief that he is Christ... As the tensions between characters take their toll, Dreyer’s quiet but intensely focussed narrative style – coupled with painterly images of luminous beauty – ensures we accept, however improbably, the film’s extraordinarily affecting closing scenes.

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