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5 October 1925 (Denmark) See more »
Victor Frandsen is a domestic tyrant. His wife Ida has to work as a slave for him and the rest of the family... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Carl Theodor Dreyer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl Theodor Dreyer 
Svend Rindom  play "Tyrannens fald"
Svend Rindom  screenplay

Original Music by
Lars Fjeldmose (sound reissue)
Cinematography by
George Schnéevoigt 
Film Editing by
Carl Theodor Dreyer 
Art Direction by
Carl Theodor Dreyer 
Set Decoration by
Carl Theodor Dreyer 
Music Department
Lars Fjeldmose .... musician: piano - new score
Preben Mortensen .... music recordist: Fjeldmose score

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Also Known As:
"Du skal ære din hustru" - Denmark (original title)
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107 min | West Germany:78 min (25 fps)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Carl Th. Dreyer: My Métier (1995)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Touching morality tale from Carl Dreyer, 20 June 2005
Author: ( from Putney, VT

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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