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Ordet (1955) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Henrik Malberg, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Ejner Federspiel, Birgitte Federspiel

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ORDET is a Danish movie directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer in 1955. The picture won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
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The setting is the Jutland province in 1925. Henrik Malberg is the patriarch of the Borgen family. He lives with his three sons, his daughter-in-law and his two grandchildren in a farm. Very religious, Henrik has to cope with an agnostic son and another young son who, against his father's wish, wants to marry the daughter of a religious fundamentalist with intolerant religious beliefs. Johannes, the third son, who has studied theology has become insane, assuming he's Christ and having hallucinations.

Will the death of Inger, Henrik's daughter-in-law, who passes away while giving birth to a stillborn child, cause a general reconciliation or, on the contrary, accentuate irreconcilable differences ?

ORDET is a magnificent film about faith and tolerance that belongs to the category of the most important movies ever presented. Masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Son because he/she is    -   mentally ill Religion themed film?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Christian    -   Scandinavian

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Scandinavian

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia Prairie?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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