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The President (1919)

Præsidenten (original title)
The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Christensen Richard Christensen ... Berger, defense layer
Christian Engelstoft Christian Engelstoft ... Journalist
Hallander Helleman Hallander Helleman ... Franz
Halvard Hoff Halvard Hoff ... Victor von Sendlingen
Jon Iversen Jon Iversen ... Weiden, Victorine's fiancé
Jacoba Jessen Jacoba Jessen ... Maika
Betty Kirkeby Betty Kirkeby ... Hermine Lippert
Carl Lauritzen Carl Lauritzen ... Priest
Axel Madsen Axel Madsen ... Werner
Carl Walther Meyer Carl Walther Meyer ... (as Carl Meyer)
Peter Nielsen Peter Nielsen ... Offentlig anklager
Fanny Petersen Fanny Petersen ... Birgitta
Elith Pio Elith Pio ... Franz Victors Vater
Olga Raphael-Linden Olga Raphael-Linden ... Victorine Lippert
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The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant from an aristocrat who didn't want to marry her. The same fate happened to her mother, although he wasn't allowed to marry because of a vow he had given to his father who had to marry under rank after the girl got pregnant. As expected the sentence for his daughter is death, he asks for a pardon, but this isn't granted although he is promoted. So he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

Denmark

Release Date:

9 February 1920 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

O Presidente See more »

Filming Locations:

Visby, Gotland, Sweden

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Nordisk Film See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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film about the mistakes in love repeated from one generation to another.
19 January 2004 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

Praesidenten is a film about the crucial conflict between the (conservative) codes of society and individual moral.

It tells the story of a grandfather, father and son of a well respected family who all make the same mistake and fall in love with a common girl.

They all have to resolve the problem in a way acceptable to the society they live in but must consequently suffer the inner guilt that inevitably follows.

Finally, late in his life the son, whose a respected judge in a small town, gets a chance to redeem himself and his ancestors by doing the right thing morally but also severely breaking the law in doing so.

This highlights the conflict between the personal and the societal spheres of right and wrong in a spectacular way, especially as Dreyer depicts the other local men of power as only concerned with how the incident would affect their status in society.

Dreyer uses flashback- structure in a very efficient and economical way to build the comparisons between the different times portrayed in the film. Furthermore: in this our digital age of fast editing and overflow of image it is most gratifying to see a film that has a complex point to make and manages to do that almost effortlessly with a minimum of "hassle". The direction is so economic it almost hides the mastery of cinematic vision behind it to the untrained eye.


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