Ordet (1943) AKA The Word


The patriarch Knut Borg (Victor Sjöström) lives an ascetic Christian life together with his family on his homestead, Knutsgården. His son Johannes is studying to become a priest, but when his fiancée dies Johannes loses his mind and thinks he is the Saviour. Intense drama about mental illness, faith and doubt, which became an international success and got unexpected political relevance when the Danish playwrighter, who wrote the play Ordet is based upon, got murdered by the Nazis one week after the opening night.

Director: Gustaf Molander. AKA The Word.
Writers: Kaj Munk (play), Rune Lindström.
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Holger Löwenadler, Rune Lindström, Stig Olin, Wanda Rothgardt, Gunn Wållgren, Inga Landgré, Ludde Gentzel, Torsten Hillberg, Olle Hilding.


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    March 4, 2022

    I never knew about this adaptation. Dreyer’s filmed treatment of the same material is one of my all time favorites. Thanks, Jon!

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