Day of Wrath

Synopsis: In a 17th-century Danish village, an old woman is accused of witchcraft. In the shadow of her flight, capture, confession, and burning at the stake, the young wife of the town's aging pastor falls in love with the pastor's son. Her confession of this illicit affair to her husband brings on her husband's death. At the funeral the pastor's mother denounces the young widow as a witch. Will the widow's lover come to her defense, or has the day of wrath returned?
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Carl Theodor Dreyer
Production: Janus Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Some children saw her come in here.

But that is impossible... then we must...

Have you seen Herlof's Marte?

If she is here, she must have sneaked in...

Yes, look for her.

Bloodstains... Over here.

Is there another entrance to the loft?

Yes, by the other staircase.

Tell Hans and Henrik to go up that way.

The Lord have mercy upon us!

And this should have been a day of joy!

I order that the Notary of the Chapter

the Reverend Absalon Pederssn

take the said Herlof's Marte

to confession.

He shall diligently exhort her

to confess the full truth

that she may not die without

penance, but her soul be saved.

Help me, Absalon.

Save me from the stake.

Only God can help you.

You can. If you want.

I ask only that you do for me

what you did for Anne's mother.

What do you mean?

You spared her.

Do not say more than you can answer for.

I know what I say.

You knew she was a witch,

but you kept silent...

You lie!

You kept silent for Anne's sake.

Come here.


I'm begging for my life.

You shall not beg for your life.

You should pray for your soul.

Confess the truth.

What shall I confess?

That you are a witch.

A witch? I knew of one...

She was Anne's mother,

and you set her free.

Be quiet.

I am so terribly afraid... to die.

Come with me.

Day of Wrath. Day of Mourning.

See fulfilled the prophet's warning

You're here.

I came to listen to the singing.

Day of Wrath that...

Day of Wrath...

Why are they learning that?

To sing when Herlof's Marte is burned.

I hear her screams all the time.

Come, let's go.

Oh what fear man's soul renders

When from Heaven the Judge descends.

The old one's giving in.

Will you confess?



Release her.

Thereafter she consented

to a confession.

Tell us how you entered

the service of the Evil One?

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