• Denmark
  • 1955
  • 125 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Danish
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  • Spine #126

A farmer’s family is torn apart by faith, sanctity, and love—one child believes he’s Jesus Christ, a second proclaims himself agnostic, and the third falls in love with a fundamentalist’s daughter. Putting the lie to the term “organized religion,” Ordet (The Word) is a challenge to simple facts and dogmatic orthodoxy. Layering multiple stories of faith and rebellion, Dreyer’s adaptation of Kaj Munk’s play quietly builds towards a shattering, miraculous climax.

Cast

Morten BorgenHenrik Malberg
Mikkel BorgenEmil Hass Christensen
Anders BorgenCay Kristiansen
Johannes BorgenPreben Lerdorff Rye
Inger Mikkel’s wifeBirgitte Federspiel
Maren BorgenAnn Elisabeth Rud
Lilleinger Borgen Susanne Rud
Peter Skraedder Ejnar Federspiel
Kirstin Skraedder Sylvia Eckhausen
Anne SkraedderGerda Nielsen

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Henning Bendtsen
  • Deleted footage of an interview from Torben Skjødt Jensen’s documentary Carl Th. Dreyer—My Métier, with actress Birgitte Federspiel
  • Stills gallery
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

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Ordet

By Chris Fujiwara August 20, 2001

The strangeness of Ordet is something that no number of viewings, God willing, will rub off. I want to stress this strangeness. That Ordet is a great film, one of the greatest ever made, only a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Carl Th. Dreyer

By Armond White August 20, 2001

Before Lars von Trier, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson there was Carl Th. Dreyer. The first great film artist to pursue the ineffable in cinema, Dreyer . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Ordet_feature_current_thumbnail

Ordet

By Chris Fujiwara August 20, 2001

The strangeness of Ordet is something that no number of viewings, God willing, will rub off. I want to stress this strangeness. That Ordet is a great film, one of the greatest ever made, only a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Carl Th. Dreyer

By Armond White August 20, 2001

Before Lars von Trier, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson there was Carl Th. Dreyer. The first great film artist to pursue the ineffable in cinema, Dreyer . . . Read more »