The Danish Village Church

(Carl Th. Dreyer, DK, 1947)

The history of Danish country church architecture is told by showing scenes of how the church was used by the congregation, beginning with the celebration of mass in a small and simple wooden church 800 years ago, and ending with the congregation singing in a village church of to-day. The development and the growth of the pattern of church architecture is shown.

Production company Preben Frank Film for Dansk Kulturfilm
Distributor Udenrigsministeriets Pressebureau og Statens Filmcentral
Release date and place 16.12. 1947 / Palladium, Regina (Århus), Palads (Odense), Paladsteatret (Aalborg)

Directed by

Carl Th. Dreyer  Director 


Carl Th. Dreyer  Screenwriter
Bernhard Jensen Screenwriter
Ib Koch-Olsen Speaker Text

Produced by

Ib Koch-Olsen  Producer 

Cinematography by

Preben Frank  Director of Photography

Sound by

Hans Olsson  Sound

Music by

Svend Erik Tarp Composer
Erik Tuxen Conductor

Production Design

Carlo Jacobsen  Art Direction


Victor Hermansen  Expert - Museum Keeper
H. Lønborg-Jensen Expert - Architect


Ib Koch-Olsen Speaker - Danish version
George Rouquier Speaker - French version
Karl Rowold Speaker - German version

Carl Th. Dreyer



Other titles 
Landsbykirken (DK - original title)
Les églises de village au Danemark (FR)
Die dänische Dorfkirche (DE)


Running time 
14 min.

Technical data 
35 mm - 1,37:1 - s/h - sound