ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Day of Wrath

Against the backdrop of seventeenth-century witch-hunts, an elderly pastor’s young wife begins an affair with her adult stepson. Haunted by rumors of her deceased mother’s witchcraft and the town’s hungry moral majority, she breaks from repression and pursues this obsessive, passionate love. Has some spell sparked this wild awakening? Or has a small town gone mad with religious fear? Steeped in Lutheran-infused existential dread, and made under Nazi occupation by Carl T. Dreyer (The Passion of Joan Of Arc, Vampyr), this already loaded film might be an accidental Resistance allegory, with its anti-institutional bent and portrayal of interrogation and torture.

Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943, 35mm, 97 min.