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In this mid-century masterpiece by one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema, Carl Theodor Dreyer offers a transcendent portrait of a farmer’s family being torn apart by faith, sanctity, and love. Challenging simple facts and dogmatic orthodoxy, Dreyer’s visionary filmmaking layers multiple stories of faith and rebellion, quietly building to a shattering, miraculous climax that feels both immediate and eternal.
“Once you're inside, it is impossible to escape...this film is not intended to proselytize. It simply intends to see.”– Roger Ebert
“One of the greatest [films] ever made… Ordet demands more from us, and has more to give, than almost any other film. … The triumph of Ordet is to bring us a moving, detailed image of a life that is rich, ordinary, practical, and physical.””– On Film
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