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Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 January 1955 (Denmark)
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Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.


Kaj Munk (play)
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Uncredited cast:
Hanne Aagesen Hanne Aagesen ... Karen (uncredited)
Kirsten Andreasen Kirsten Andreasen ... (uncredited)
Sylvia Eckhausen Sylvia Eckhausen ... Kirstin Petersen (uncredited)
Birgitte Federspiel ... Inger Borgen (uncredited)
Ejner Federspiel Ejner Federspiel ... Peter Petersen (uncredited)
Ann Elisabeth Groth Ann Elisabeth Groth ... Maren Borgen (uncredited)
Emil Hass Christensen Emil Hass Christensen ... Mikkel Borgen (uncredited)
Cay Kristiansen Cay Kristiansen ... Anders Borgen (uncredited)
Preben Lerdorff Rye Preben Lerdorff Rye ... Johannes Borgen (uncredited)
Henrik Malberg Henrik Malberg ... Morten Borgen (uncredited)
Gerda Nielsen Gerda Nielsen ... Anne Petersen (uncredited)
Ove Rud Ove Rud ... Pastor (uncredited)
Susanne Rud Susanne Rud ... Lilleinger Borgen (uncredited)
Henry Skjær Henry Skjær ... The Doctor (uncredited)
Edith Trane Edith Trane ... Mette Maren (uncredited)


How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Widowed Patriarch Borgen, who's rather prominent in his community, has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, Johannes, who believes he is Jesus, and Anders, young, slight, in love with the tailor's daughter. The fundamentalist sect of the girl's father is anathema to Borgen's traditional Lutheranism; he opposes the marriage until the tailor forbids it, then Borgen's pride demands that it happen. Unexpectedly, Inger, who is the family's sweetness and light, has problems with her pregnancy. The rational doctor arrives, and a long night brings sharp focus to at least four views of faith. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There are only 3 close-up shots in the entire film. See more »


Morten Borgen: Karen, Karen, we must have - Inger's getting better, she's getting over it - we must have coffee, coffee, from real coffee beans.
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A Haunting and Beautiful Film
28 March 2006 | by andrewnergerSee all my reviews

Before watching 'Ordet' I was not familiar with Carl Theodore Dreyer's sound films. Having previously watched his beautiful 'La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc', I knew what kind of motifs and themes were going to be prevalent - the strong female character and the emphasis on religion. However as soon as 'Ordet' started and until its conclusion, I was mesmerised and it personally hit me much more effectively than 'Passion'. What has been called by many as Dreyer's masterpiece is also my definition of a perfect piece of cinema. The relatively slow pace of the narrative and the lack of much of Kaj Munk's original dialogue may put some off, but if anything it enhances not only the emotive performances, but also the sense of uneasiness; of lost faith and of lost loved ones. In theory, the ending of this film shouldn't work, but it somehow manages to pull off the surprising and still be effective. By the conclusion of 'Ordet' you can believe that miracles can happen. Dreyer enables us to witness a miracle using a display of his faith combined with his stunning Mise en scène. I may not be sure about God, but this film made you think about the possibilities without preaching any kind of sentimentality and that in my opinion warrants a 10 rating. Essential viewing!

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