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?
A Drama of Fear and Superstition in the 20th Century
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #125. See more
Just before Martin kisses Anne for the first time, she is standing with her back to the window as Martin approaches her. In the next shot, she is standing facing the window when Martin touches her shoulder. See more
I see through my tears, but no one comes to wipe them away.
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