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“I Bid Thee Arise!”: Reverse-Editing and Reversal Miracles in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet

In: Religion and the Arts
Author: Justin Ponder1
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  • 1 Marian UniversityWisconsin
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Abstract

Many scholars have analyzed Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordetfor its unusual camera movements, long takes, and reverse-editing. Some have gone so far as to link these cinematic devices to Ordet’s narrative focus on miracles, exploring connections between the film’s form and its content. This essay attempts to bridge the gap between formal analysis and theological analysis. It examines the film’s representation of miracles against the conceptual history of miracles, considering the extent to which we may regard the film as a theological argument, making visual assertions as important and fruitful as verbal ones.

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