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Master of the House (1925)
"Du skal ære din hustru" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 October 1925 (Denmark)
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Victor Frandsen is a domestic tyrant. His wife Ida has to work as a slave for him and the rest of the family. She rises early to prepare everything for the day, she toils all day long, and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Johannes Meyer ...
Astrid Holm ...
Karin Nellemose ...
Mathilde Nielsen ...
Old Victor's Wetnurse
Clara Schønfeld ...
Alvilda Kryger
Johannes Nielsen ...
Petrine Sonne ...
Aage Hoffman ...
Dreng - Son
Byril Harvig ...
Barnet - Son
Viggo Lindstrøm
Aage Schmidt
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Vilhelm Petersen


Victor Frandsen is a domestic tyrant. His wife Ida has to work as a slave for him and the rest of the family. She rises early to prepare everything for the day, she toils all day long, and she is often up also in the night, doing some sewing to earn extra money for the household. In daytime she is supported by an old woman called Mads, who was Victors' nanny when he was a child. Mads is filled with loathing for Victor's behavior towards his wife, and calls him a brute. She understands that Ida is on the verge of a serious breakdown, and persuades Ida's mother, Mrs. Kryer, to take Ida away. Mads will herself take care of the household and the children for a time. When Victor comes home and finds out that Ida is gone, he gets angry. He asks his daughter, Karen, where her mother is, but she refuses to tell him. She only says that her mother is very ill, and that it will be his fault if she dies. The accusation strikes Victor in his heart, and he sits down, feeling dejected. Karen ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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5 October 1925 (Denmark)  »

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Du skal ære din hustru  »

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At the time of its original release in Paris, France this film played in 57 theaters in three weeks. See more »


Edited into Mathilde Nielsen - Kavalkade (1941) See more »

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Who says Dreyer is boring?
27 September 2000 | by (Barcelona) – See all my reviews

After seeing this movie (along with many other Dreyer's movies) I still wonder why people think that this Danish director is kind of boring.

This is perfect example of what Dreyer's cinematography is and what is not. This is a film where you can find some gentle spirit lying beneath. Some sort of quietness that fulfils the whole movie. As in many other of his early movies, Dreyer puts the spectator in a superior level. We are given the opportunity to watch an everyday's scene: a woman subjugated to a spoilt man's will. We watch her wake up early in the morning, wash dishes, clean the whole house, prepare her husband's breakfast and all she gets in exchange is bad manners and retreats from him. The complot that the nanny builds up to make the man feel guilty and so, to make him behave, unfolds in a subtle and sometimes funny way, making the watching more enjoyable from the distance.

It's hard to describe the perfect acting that the main characters bring to this beautiful film; an acting full of details and emotion.

Enjoyable form the first frame to the last one, this film will work perfectly for Dreyer's fans as long as for those who ever thought this was a tough one. It's, probably, the perfect bridge to approach to Dreyer's masterpieces such as "Ordet" and "Gertrud".

Hope you like it as much as I did.

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