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In the End was the Word

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968), the Danish director, is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Scandinavian cinema. He is most famous for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and Ordet (1955). Ordet was based on a play by Kaj Munk and won the Golden Lion of Venice Film Festival the year it was produced.

In this film, Dreyer brilliantly tells a minimalistic story in two hours. Although the story seems minimalistic, it conveys deep insights about faith and sanity. Most of this film contains long takes, and this . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.