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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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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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Touching morality tale from Carl Dreyer
20 June 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a fine little film, almost entirely filmed in two adjoining rooms. The plot is outlined elsewhere in these reviews. It's a simple tale of a spoiled brat of a husband being made aware of the work and devotion of his taken for granted wife, through the intervention of his former Nanny.

The performances are all solid, the acting is subtle and completely believable. Meyer, who played the lusting monk in Dreyer's LEAVES FROM SATAN'S BOOK does a remarkable transformation as the autocrat husband here and Mathilde Nielsen (from his THE PARSON'S WIDOW) does a fine job as the wise old Nanny.

Once again it is a tale supporting the value of women and the matriarchy and taking the unfeeling patriarchal world to task. A double bill with Dreyer's THE PARSON'S WIDOW would be apt as the themes are similar - wise old woman intervenes in youthful folly.

The first part of the film, showing the many steps involved in the running of a household, are almost all done in long shot and medium shot. It is only when the characterizations begin to unfold that we are slowly allowed to move in closer and closer to the faces.

My print ran 111 minutes, not the 107 listed here on the IMDb site.

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