The Fullness of Time: Kierkegaardian Themes in Dreyer's Ordet

Religions 10 (1) (2019)
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I offer an approach to Dreyer's film Ordet as a contribution to the phenomenology of a certain kind of religious experience. The experience in question is one of a moment that disrupts the chronological flow of time and that, in the lived experience of it, is charged with eternal significance. I propose that the notoriously divisive ending of Ordet reflects an aim to provide the film's viewers with an experience of this very sort. l draw throughout on some central ideas in Kierkegaard’s work, especially his category of ‘the moment’.

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