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The Danish Village Church (S)

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Original title
Landsbykirken (The Danish Village Church) (S)
Year
Running time
13 min.
Country
Denmark Denmark
Director
Screenwriter
Carl Theodor Dreyer, Bernhard Jensen
Music
Svend Erik Tarp
Cinematography
Preben Frank (B&W)
Cast
Producer
Dansk Kulturfilm / Preben Frank Film
Genre
Documentary | Educational. Religion. Historical. Short Film
Synopsis / Plot
Landsbykirken [The Village Church] is a documentary on the 800 year old Danish village churches. Landsbykirken was made as an educational movie. It was therefore constructed to be very pedagogical so it looks a little formalistic.

The movie starts out with a short introduction to the Danish village churches. Then comes a series of scenes showing the evolution of the village churches and their use during the ages. The series comes to an end together with the movie when the present day [1947] is reached. Some scenes also contain shabby "historical" reenactments of the use of the churches. The costumes for some of these masquerades were also used in Dreyer's earlier feature film "Vredens Dag" [Day of Wrath]. There is one Swedish wooden church in the movie, but the rest of the shown churches are from locations in Denmark.
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