Rent Ordet (1955)

4.0 of 5 from 101 ratings
1h 59min
Rent Ordet (aka The Word) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A tale of miraculous resurrection brought about by human love, Ordet is an extraordinary expression of spiritual optimism without being either sentimental or pious. Religious intolerance and family tensions lie at the heart of the film, which explores the clash between orthodox religions and true faith. Dreyer achieves its powerful effects in deceptively simple ways, and has produced, in its closing moments, one of the most extraordinary scenes in all cinema.
Actors:
, , Hanne Agesen, , , , , , Henrik Malberg, Gerda Nielsen, Ann Elisabeth Rud, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Carl Theodor Dreyer, Erik Nielsen, Tage Nielsen
Writers:
Carl Theodor Dreyer, Kaj Munk
Aka:
The Word
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Denmark, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1955 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
13/03/2006
Run Time:
119 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Ordet Og Lyset (Helga Theilgaard, 2001, 33 mins) – a documentary about cinematographer Henning Bendtsen and the making of Ordet
  • Thorvaldsen (Dreyer, 1949, 10 mins)
  • Storstrom Bridge (Dreyer, 1950, 7 mins)

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Reviews (2) of Ordet

1954 not a good year in Denmark. - Ordet review by JD

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25/05/2009

Very very slow. I tried to watch it three times and never made it passed 20 minutes. May be one to watch with a crate of Red Bull.

0 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

worth enduring - Ordet review by AKL

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03/07/2019

Ordet is a memorable flm. Maybe for the wrong reasons. Its first half, though loaded with scenes of beautiful coastal photography, bored me if not to tears but to sleep, less so on a second viewing despite its theme of what nowadays seems like religous claptrap. But the concluding 30 minutes are amazingly powerful (if still hard to swallow if that matters by then) and include maybe the most beautiful scene involving a

six-year-old child I have ever seen. Worth catching for that alone. The DVD includes two other quite remarkable short films by the author, Carl Dreyer. I have given this review three stars simply because my reactions varied between one and five.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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