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(out of 5)


A Danish farmer lives with his three sons on their peaceful, wealthy countryside estate. After a life steeped in life-affirming religious devotion, the one son has turned atheist, the other is in love with a fundamentalist preacher’s daughter, and the third has spent so much time in his theological studies that he has gone mad and now believes himself to be Jesus Christ. The clash of these characters is offset by the generous love provided by the oldest son’s wife, whose impending childbirth provides a crucial turning point in the story. Carl Theodor Dreyer does absolutely nothing to hide the stage origins of this magnificent film, and yet his unobtrusive camerawork is magically able to capture intimacy with very little apparent effort. The acting is impeccable by all, especially as the son with the Jesus Christ complex–his delivery of dialogue is simultaneously creepy and comforting.


Denmark, 1955

Directed by

Screenplay by Carl Theodor Dreyer, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by Carl Theodor Dreyer, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Venice 1955

The Criterion Collection


Cast Tags:  , , , , , ,, , , , , , ,


Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Film (tie)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival Award
Golden Lion


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