1954–55. Denmark. Carl Th. Dreyer. 126 min.
Friday, September 26, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1954–55. Denmark. Written and directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Based on the play by Kaj Munk. With Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Birgitte Federspiel. Set in a small hamlet in Jutland, where two conflicting versions of Christianity make neighbors into enemies, Ordet slowly generates tremendous emotional force as fates are revealed and human nature is tested. The film carefully maps out subtle relationships and social differences with a documentary-like sensibility, in stark contrast with the heavy stylization of the performances and camera movements. The shocking ending—which has been called the greatest in cinema—fits seamlessly into the film's masterfully balanced equilibrium. In Danish; English subtitles. 126 min.