Ordet (The Word)
Ordet (The Word) (1954)

With his masterful Ordet (aka The Word, [1955]), legendary Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer examines the conflict between internalized personal faith and organized religion. Dreyer sets the drama in a conservative, super-pious Danish… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 8, 2008
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New York Times

Both emotionally and intellectually the picture is hypnotic, and some portions will nail the spectator to his seat.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dreyer's Ordet (1955) is far simpler than his previous films, taking place mostly in a single set, but also more complex.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A film with a hypnotic, irresistible stare.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A strange, wondrous and shocking work. Once seen, it's unlikely to leave you.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The greatest movie about religion.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Guaranteed to make you levitate from your cinema seat in awe.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

With arresting faces but not cluttered with close-ups, attention-getting camera abilities beyond judicious lighting, or mood music, the film builds to a long emotional finale of biblical parallel.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

There are only 114 shots, each averaging over a minute, only three close-ups, and the film demands and rewards the closest attention.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

At first glance it may seem slow, but stick with it and the psychological tensions enthral.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
A powerful and well shot film certainly, the performances are second to none, particularly from Henrik Malberg and Preben Leerdorff-Rye. I would argue however… More
Cindy I
Could very well be the saddest movie I've ever seen, but at the same time uplifting and inspiring. Like most Carl Dreyer films it takes a while to get to… More
Stella Dallas
one of the most intense film experiences of my life, even tho it's fairly easy to tell what will happen from the very beginning. amazing
Drew Smith
A broad, deep, challenging film, but my least favorite of Dreyer's works that I've seen thus far. I thought it was poorly paced and long-winded. The… More
Devon Bott
In a little danish farming community, the word of Jesus Christ is debated and preached between rival classes of townfolk. Although all are christian, the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
An outstading piece of filmmaking. A religious experience, regardless of whether I believe in god or not, I was deeply moved by the story. It put me in contact… More