Lars von Trier and Carl Theodor Dreyer are the great international names of Danish film. By the wider audience von Trier is the most well known but Dreyers impact is still of great importance, almost 50 years after his passing. He was an outsider whose films are stripped down of everything unnecessary. Ordet is possibly his best film. It clenches the viewer with its calm, its rhythm and the fantastic cinematography that makes the characters faces so expressive. The playwright and priest Kaj Munk is the writer of Ordet, he opposed the German occupation and was found dead in 1944 with three shots to his head. However Dreyers Ordet doesn’t affect politics; instead it’s a story about personal faith, religion and hope. It’s also a film that stays with the audience.
– Lars Böhlin