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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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Johannes Meyer ...
Astrid Holm ...
Karin Nellemose ...
Mathilde Nielsen ...
Old Victor's Wetnurse
Clara Schønfeld ...
Alvilda Kryger
Johannes Nielsen ...
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Petrine Sonne ...
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Aage Hoffman ...
Dreng - Son
Byril Harvig ...
Barnet - Son
Viggo Lindstrøm
Aage Schmidt
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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 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 {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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The Taming of the Brute
28 November 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

After a business failure, grouchy Johannes Meyer (as Viktor Frandsen) is out of control. He browbeats cheerful wife Astrid Holm (as Ida) and mistreats his children. Even a caged bird is not safe. To keep up with his increasing demands, Ms. Holm stays up late sewing to give Mr. Meyer extra money. She even starves herself so teenager Karin Nellemose (as Karen) and her two younger siblings are not hungry. When Holm appears at the breaking point, elderly nanny Mathilde Nielsen (as Mads) takes charge. The old woman reared young Meyer, and was not above corporal punishment (this invites speculation). She conspires with Holm's mother to have the overworked housewife removed from home. While Holm recovers with mother Clara Schonfeld, Ms. Nielsen shows Meyer the error of his ways...

Propelled by Nielsen's all-knowing performance and an artful use of camera domesticity, director Carl Theodor Dreyer's social consciousness drama struck a chord with 1920s audiences and became his biggest box office hit.

****** Du skal aere din hustru (10/5/25) Carl Theodor Dreyer ~ Johannes Meyer, Mathilde Nielsen, Astrid Holm, Karin Nellemose


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