Day of Wrath / Vredens dag

Directed by: Carl Th. Dryer

Release: 1943

Featured Actors: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam






General Film Notions

  • Created during the Nazi Occupation of Sweden
  • During this time, No French, English, or American films were seen
  • Deals with a powerful leading female and matters of Grace, witchcraft and Puritanism


  • Note Use of Interior Space
  • Camera Spiel
  • Camera moves L to R (and vertically)
  • Uses abruptness to accent
  • Brings the audience closer to examine an object
  • Continues to use the eyes & face to reveal sub-conscious of the character
  • Uses constant intercutting between indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Oppression of the family house, determined by heavy shadows

Narrative Construction

  • Triangle Model (tension)


  • All characters are tainted
  • Dreyer seems to direct their eyes only, the barren faces around them becoming a sort of empty canvas
  • Rev. Absalon Pedersson
    • Lives up to expectations to gain power
  • Anne Pedersdotter (his second wife)
    • Consider how she considers herself to be a witch (it revolves around her newly discovered sexuality)
    • Anne’s fall occurs not because of his sin, rather because of her submission to the transcendence of love that seems to be impossible (in this Puritanical place)
  • Meret (his mother)
    • Never leaves the house (or rather goes outside)
    • Our Villain
  • Martin (his son from first marriage)
  • Herlofs Marte
    • Note her exist from her home out through a small door into the pigpen