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Master of the House (1925)

Du skal ære din hustru (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 October 1925 (Denmark)
When a man becomes tyrannical towards his family, the women of the house decide to teach him a lesson in gratitude.
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Credited cast:
Johannes Meyer ...
Astrid Holm ...
Karin Nellemose ...
Mathilde Nielsen ...
Clara Schønfeld ...
Alvilda Kryger
Johannes Nielsen ...
Doctor
Petrine Sonne ...
Laundress
Aage Hoffman ...
Dreng - Son
Byril Harvig ...
Barnet - Son
Viggo Lindstrøm
Aage Schmidt
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Vilhelm Petersen
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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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At the time of its original release in Paris, France this film played in 57 theaters in three weeks. See more »

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Remade as Tyrannens Fald (1942) See more »

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Overlooked family feminist comedy
22 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Carl Th. Dreyer is best known for his religious dramas like The Passion of Joan of Arc, Day of Wrath, and Ordet, so that he made this little family comedy is quite a shock. Possessing no religious themes whatsoever, Master of the House (1925) focuses its attention on the plight of women in the domestic sphere. The movie concerns a woman whose duties as wife and mother leave her exhausted due to her husband's nastiness and lack of understanding. She lets his behavior slide since she knows he has been stressed since he lost his high ranking position at work, but this neglect of her own health leads to a nervous breakdown. Fed up with the injustice, the elderly Nana has the wife go away for a few days so she can put the master of the house back in his place.

While the film is comic, it is not of the laugh out loud variety. It is a gentle comedy, though it pulls no punches when it comes to calling out male privilege and the undervaluing of domestic work. All the actors are restrained and portray family tensions and tenderness with great realism, making the film feel more authentic. It's a shame it has been so overlooked; a feminist gem silent film geeks shouldn't miss.


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