MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,221 this week

The Parson's Widow (1920)
"Prästänkan" (original title)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 602 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 10 critic

A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Writers:

(screen adaptation) (as Carl Th. Dreyer) , (after a story by)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Jia Zhangke, Pedro Costa, DVDs and More
| MUBI

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 46 titles
created 12 Jan 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 13 Mar 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 
a list of 35 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Parson's Widow (1920)

The Parson's Widow (1920) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Parson's Widow.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Directors: Clarence Brown, Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford, Alan Roscoe
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert
Erotikon (1920)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist, pursues a womanizing aviator, but she may actually be... See full summary »

Director: Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Anders de Wahl, Tora Teje, Karin Molander
Michael (1924)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Triangle story: painter, his young male model, unscrupulous princess.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Walter Slezak, Max Auzinger, Nora Gregor
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Young Pauline is left a lot of money when her wealthy uncle dies. However, her uncle's secretary has been named as her guardian until she marries, at which time she will officially take ... See full summary »

Directors: Louis J. Gasnier, Donald MacKenzie
Stars: Pearl White, Crane Wilbur, Paul Panzer
Lonesome (1928)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again?

Director: Pál Fejös
Stars: Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, Fay Holderness
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After seeing D. W. Griffith's epic Intolerance, Denmark's greatest director, Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr), was inspired to make his own four-episode historical ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Jacob Texiere
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Albert Luther
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On the brink of war, Lt. van Hauen is summoned to take command of the cruiser, but due to unforeseen events, he is wrongfully convicted as a traitor.

Director: Benjamin Christensen
Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Caspersen, Otto Reinwald
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Werner Krauss, Eugen Klöpfer, Vladimir Gajdarov
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Hildur Carlberg ...
Einar Röd ...
Sofren Ivarson
Greta Almroth ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olav Aukrust ...
First Candidate
Emil Helsengreen ...
The Gardener
Mathilde Nielsen ...
Gunvor
Lorentz Thyholt ...
The Beadle
Kurt Welin ...
Second Candidate
Edit

Storyline

A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is old enough to be his grandmother, and second, he is already engaged to another woman. Written by page8701

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

TV-14
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

4 October 1920 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Parson's Widow  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2003 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Carl Th. Dreyer (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A posthumous (and minor) masterpiece.
8 August 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Hildur Carlberg, the skilled septuagenarian actress who plays Dame Margarete, died in August, 1920, two months before this film opened-- a heartbreaking irony, in part because the plot involves her youthful husband marrying her only to await her death.

The film has marvelous comic moments, capitalizing on the fact that medieval European peasants suffered from backbreaking work, a total absence of education, and a desperate need for dentists. The scene when a couple of clerics (the losers) compete for the job of parson by delivering sermons in which they inadvertently skewer their own backwardness is priceless, especially as they are speaking to a congregation of bedraggled and toothless locals who were mostly in church to nap. And the scene where an old lady hocks something out of her nose before returning to her needlepoint-- fabulous.

Dreyer, a committed naturalist who didn't even approve of make-up on his performers, shot this film on location at Maihaugen, Norway, in an open-air museum of 200 medieval buildings. Even the interiors are authentic. Every frame shows it. Watch particularly for a folk wall hanging in Dame Margarete's home. This is another silent gem from the director of The Passion of Joan of Arc.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Parson's Widow (1920) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?