The word

DVD - 2001 | Danish
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A study of spiritual faith and love ; the film tells of the death of Inger in childbirth and her resurrection, a miracle that is seen as the result of human love. The film opens as a family of marshland farmers trail a seemingly mad son (Johannes) who calls himself Christ. It closes as Johannes approaches the open coffin of his sister-in-law and, at the urgings of her child, brings her back to life.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9780780024250
Branch Call Number: DAN 791.4372 O654d1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Word


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Nov 03, 2017

In his previous films, “Day of Wrath” and “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, Carl Dreyer used bold widescreen imagery to explore how religious zeal carries within it the propensity to inflict pain and despair. With “Ordet” he brings this message closer to home as one stubborn man’s ideological feud with an equally pigheaded neighbour threatens to tear his family apart. Much like the biblical story of Job, he uses suffering and adversity to seek out spiritual truths whether it’s one man’s quiet acceptance of God’s implacable Will or another’s realization that there is more than one path to redemption. Equal parts family drama and religious epic, there is a keen sense of light and symmetry at work here which, along with some languorous tracking shots and highly formalized staging, give the impression of a Renaissance painting come to life. But it is Ordet’s highly contentious final scene that steals the show. Dreyer comes straight out of left field and delivers an ending so outrageous (and oddly touching) that it not only challenges our own religious convictions but pushes the limits of cinema as an art form to boot.

Nov 01, 2017

Both emotionally and intellectually the picture is hypnotic, and some portions will nail the spectator to his seat.

Jan 13, 2013

also watch SILENT LIGHT ( Stellet Licht) 2007 by Carlos Reygadas

Nov 22, 2010

Exquisite light in the film.

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