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Best Films - 1943

Anna Svierkier Day of Wrath Carl Theodor Dreyer
Set in a 17th-century Danish village, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterful Vredens dag / Day of Wrath is a stark, but deeply felt indictment against religious fanaticism and intolerance. Moving performances by ingénue Lisbeth Movin and accused witch Anna Svierkier add a touch of humanity to the horrors shown on screen. It is not a coincidence that Vredens Dag was made in 1943, a time when Denmark was under Nazi occupation. The parallels – and the interconnectedness – between political and religious control are made quite clear in this harrowing masterwork.

FILM

Northern Pursuit
d: Raoul Walsh; scr: Frank Gruber, Alvah Bessie

This Land Is Mine
d: Jean Renoir; scr: Dudley Nichols

Vredens dag / Day of Wrath
d: Carl Theodor Dreyer; scr: Carl Dreyer, Poul Knudsen, Mogens Skot-Hansen

 

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ACTOR

Charles Coburn
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Gary Cooper
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Charles Laughton
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Paul Lukas
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Joel McCrea
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ACTRESS

Jean Arthur
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Ingrid Bergman
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Greer Garson
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Kim Hunter
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Jennifer Jones
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Lisbeth Movin
Day of Wrath

Gene Tierney
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Teresa Wright
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SUPPORTING ACTOR

Charles Coburn
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Laird Cregar
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Helmut Dantine
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Rex Ingram
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J. Carrol Naish
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Dick Rich
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Akim Tamiroff
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Erich von Stroheim
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SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Collinge
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Veronica Lake
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Carmen Miranda
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Una O’Connor
This Land Is Mine

Katina Paxinou
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Anna Svierkier
Day of Wrath

Dame May Whitty
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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carl Andersson
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Edward Cronjager
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Joseph Ruttenberg
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John F. Seitz
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Harry Stradling
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Joseph A. Valentine
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Charles Van Enger
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MUSIC

Max Steiner
Watch on the Rhine

Herbert Stothart
Madame Curie

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