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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Did You Know?
Though the film is outwardly a chronicle of a religious witch-hunt, it contained many subtler comparisons to the behavior of the Nazis (torture and questioning) and Carl Theodor Dreyer
fled Denmark for Sweden where he remained until the war was over. 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
Anne, you're crying.
I see you through my tears.
Tears that I wipe away.
Referenced in The Voice of Bergman