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Day of Wrath a film by Carl Drayer Denmark 1943
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From: John malocolm
Category: Films
Date: 19 June 2003

Review

A calm passion play where the bewitching witch confuses your loyalties and moral compass. The goodness and badness of the characters lies deep beneath the perfect surface of the film and the restraint of the 17th Century characters. Brilliant because we are never sure whom to support, in a way the issue never even arises. Things, including magic and betrayal, just happen.

Some Plot:The boring burning Priest is killed by the will of his young second wife who is the lover of his son. The priests burn and torture women they call witches. The grandmother condemns her daugher-in law, with ugly puritanical scorn. The son turns on his lover, his father's wife.

Seems like melodrama? imagine all this without heroes or heroines. Perhaps time has faded the clarity of the film's message. But it's nice to escape the moral for a while. I nearly fell asleep because of the slow pace.

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