Watch: Vredens dag 1943 123movies, Full Movie Online – In a 17th-century Danish village, an old woman is accused of witchcraft. In the shadow of her flight, capture, confession, and burning at the stake, the young wife of the town’s aging pastor falls in love with the pastor’s son. Her confession of this illicit affair to her husband brings on her husband’s death. At the funeral the pastor’s mother denounces the young widow as a witch. Will the widow’s lover come to her defense, or has the day of wrath returned?.
Plot: In a Danish village in the early 1600s, a young woman named Anne, whose mother was thought to be a witch, develops sympathy toward an old woman, Marte, who is accused of witchcraft. The intervention of Anne’s older but kindly husband, Pastor Absalon saved her mother — but now, urged on by his overbearing mother, he refuses to help Marte. When Absalon’s son returns home and is attracted to Anne, it’s a matter of time before her family destiny catches up with her.
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Dreyer’s pictures are absolutely mind-boggling .We seem to be in a Rembrandt’s or Georges de la Tour’s painting.He works with his camera the way a painter does with light to create different textures ,highlights and shadows.The scenes inside the minister’s house where the world is still the prey of the good/evil concept are in direct contrast to those ,luminous and pastoral,where the lovers try to reinvent life:some kind of Garden of Eden,which the apple tree on the picture has promised.
Anne’s passion was doomed from the start:her situation recalls that of Phaedra:both are pure even in sin,both are victims of an implacable heredity.Even before Martin’s appearance ,the over-possessive mother leaves her no chance at all.
Remarkable sequences: the old woman’s “trial”,her tortures,her screams (I’m not afraid of Heaven or Hell ,I’m afraid to die!” Her death at the stake ,with Ann looking through the window pane ,and realizing it’s an omen.The children singing terrifying canticles about God’s wrath.
The minister beginning to wonder if his faith is strong enough and the wife’s infamous revelation.
The nature which was a refuge, the only sunlight the lovers could get,becomes misty ,almost dark,as the young man has lost all his hopes and illusions.”No,Ann says ,it all begins” It’s the seventeenth century and Ann is too ahead of her time.She and the old woman are the real human beings in the movie:the minister and his sinister mother are already dead when the film begins as much as the dying man he comforts in his last hour .Martin has got himself tangled up in remorse,superstitions (You’ve got a magic power) and if life means rebellion and fight ,his surrender leaves him a living dead.
The old woman ,the “witch” ,is afraid to die,which is human:Jeanne D’Arc herself,another “witch” which inspired CT Dreyer had her moments of doubt and fear,and she abjured to save her life .
“Vredens Dag” can still grab today’s audience.This is a must.
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1943 film Day Of Wrath (Vredens dag), adapted from Hans Wiers-Jenssens’ novel, Day Of Wrath, by Dreyer, is an earlier, better version of the issues tackled in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, because, even though the film was made during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, and there are obvious parallels to be drawn between that and the film’s narrative, it is never as psychologically obvious nor melodramatic as Miller’s later allegory on McCarthyism. This is never made more clear than at the film’s end, where the psychologically fragile Anne (Lisbeth Movin) is betrayed by her horrid mother-in-law, her lover, and her own psyche, and actually comes to believe in her own guilt of being a witch, for wishing the death of her aged husband.
The whole film is also a more realistic depiction of self-delusion than Miller’s play, as the 17th Century Danish Inquisitors who torture, maim, and kill in the name of their beliefs show how easily good intentions can become twisted. Anne is clearly the central figure, and her rise and fall, from shy dour hausfrau of old Reverend Absalon Pedersson (Thorkild Roose), to energetic vibrant lover of his son, Martin (Preben Lerdorff Rye), who is about the same age as her, and returns to the home after years abroad, to denounced, deluded, and subservient victim of her wicked mother-in-law, Merete (Sigrid Neiiendam), is the center of the film’s drama and emotion.
Day Of Wrath is one of the most masterful black and white films ever made, and the use of shadow by Dreyer and cinematographer Karl Andersson is stunning. Only other Dreyer films come close to being as effective in the use of such as this film is . Day Of Wrath is one of those films that is possibly difficult to judge by modern standards, yet if it is not clearly a great film, the way his earlier Vampyr is, it’s only because it is not a genre work, like that film, and thus not subject to a more delimited horizon. In many ways, these same issues would be tackled a decade and a half later, in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, a more modern and complex work, yet one which never quite hits the visceral peaks this film does. And, comparisons to other great works of art are never to be dismissed lightly. Neither is Day Of Wrath.
Original Language da
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min), 1 hr 50 min (110 min) (USA), 1 hr 34 min (94 min) (Argentina)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, History
Director Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writer Carl Theodor Dreyer, Poul Knudsen, Paul La Cour
Actors Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm