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by Allan Fish

(Denmark 1943 99m) DVD1/2

Is it a sin to love?

p  Carl T.Dreyer  d  Carl T.Dreyer  w  Carl T.Dreyer, Poul Knudsen, Mogens Skot-Hansen  play  “Anne Pedersdotter” by Hans Wiers Jenssen  ph  Carl Andersson  ed  Edith Schlussel, Anne-Marie Petersen  m  Poul Schierbeck  art  Eric Ases, Lis Fribert

Thorkild Roose (Absalon Pedersdotter), Lisbeth Movin (Anne Pedersdotter), Sigrid Neiiendam (Meret Pedersdotter), Preben Lerdoff Rye (Martin Pedersdotter), Albert Hoeberg (The Bishop), Olaf Ussing (Laurentius), Anna Svierkier (Herlof’s Marte),

The cinema of Carl Dreyer is the most perfect representation of the bleak, austere power of faith.  Unlike those of Ingmar Bergman, Dreyer’s protagonists’ faith not only leads to internal crises but to a belief in a life eternal and as something to use against an overwhelming fear.  One thinks of Falconetti’s Jeanne d’Arc and Julian West’s David Gray as previous central figures in Dreyer’s world who had their faith tested by extreme terror.  Dreyer’s characters are martyrs to faith and prisoners to their fears.  Never was this better represented than by the poor, aged figure of Herlof’s Marte in Dreyer’s seminal witch movie.  Her ordeal is truly harrowing to watch and even more harrowing when we don’t actually see, but hear her screams from off-camera (a trick used by Cecil B.de Mille so effectively in The Sign of the Cross).  When she tremblingly confesses “I am so dreadfully afraid of death” it would take a very hard man not to internally suffer with her. (more…)

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by Broadway Bob Eagleson

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