Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 222: Sat Aug 10

Day of Wrath (Dreyer, 1943): BFI Southbank. NFT2, 3.50pm

This film (screening in 35mm) is part of the Big Screen Classics strand (details here) and is also being shown on August 14th (details here).

Chicago Reader review:
Carl Dreyer made this extraordinary 1943 drama, about the church's persecution of women for witchcraft in the 17th century, during the German occupation of Denmark. He later claimed that he hadn't sought to pursue any contemporary parallels while adapting the play Anne Petersdotter (which concerns adultery as well as witchcraft), but that seems disingenuous - Day of Wrath may be the greatest film ever made about living under totalitarian rule. Astonishing in its artistically informed period re-creation as well as its hypnotic mise en scene (with some exceptionally eerie camera movements), it challenges the viewer by suggesting at times that witchcraft isn't so much an illusion as an activity produced by intolerance. And like Dreyer's other major films, it's sensual to the point of carnality. I can't think of another 40s film that's less dated.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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