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Carl Theodor Dreyer

Ordet (The Word)

126' - 1955 - Drama - Dialogue: Danish
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer Composer: Poul Schierbeck With: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye
Also known as ‘The Word’, ‘Ordet’ was the only film that legendary Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer made in the 1950s. The author of the play on which the film was based (and which was previously filmed in 1943) was Kaj Munk, a Danish pastor murdered by the Nazis for daring to announce his fidelity to Christ over Hitler. Dreyer's protagonist is considered a lunatic by his "weekend Christian" neighbors because of his religious zealotry. After spending too much time poring over the philosophical works of Soren Kierkegaard, he does indeed go insane, but not before he and his three sons undergo profound spiritual experiences. Unfolding in the slow but intensely involving style of Dreyer's best works, ‘Ordet’ comes to a shattering conclusion which remains with the viewer long after the house lights come up. (Hal Erickson)

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Credits

Director

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Composer

Poul Schierbeck

With

Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye

Scenario

Carl Theodor Dreyer, Kaj Munk

Director of Photography

Henning Bendtsen

Editor

Edith Schlüssel

Producer

Carl Theodor Dreyer, Erik Nielsen, Tage Nielsen

More information

Dialogue

Danish

Countries of production

Denmark

Screenplay based on

"Ordet" (Kaj Munk)

Year

1955

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