Ordet ★★★★

Original Title: Ordet
Year of Release: 1955
Genres: Drama
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writer: Carl Theodor Dreyer; Kaj Munk (based on the novel)
Main Cast: Birgitte Federspiel, Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Ejner Federspiel, Sylvia Eckhausen, Kirsten Andreasen, Ann Elisabeth Groth, Cay Kristiansen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Gerda Nielsen

While not as viscerally emotional as Passion of Joan of Arc, nor as hauntingly beautiful as Vampyr, Ordet is still another great addition to Dreyer's filmography. A tale of religion and conflicting ideologies, of faith being tested and of two families in distress. It is more dialogue-heavy than the other films I have seen from the director, but the quality of the script and acting more than make up for its slow pacing. The way the final sequence in front of a casket plays out is truly stunning, and it gives much more depth and meaning to what happened beforehand. Did not love it as much as others seem to do, but it is still well worth your time.

Story: 8
Directing: 8
Cinematography: 8.5
Acting: 9
Sound: 8
Visual Effects: 8.5


Violence & Gore: 3
Sex & Nudity: 1
Drugs & Profanity: 0
Intensity & Horror: 3

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