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The Parson's Widow (1920)

Prästänkan (original title)
A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »

Director:

Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Writers:

Carl Theodor Dreyer (screen adaptation) (as Carl Th. Dreyer), Kristofer Janson (after a story by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hildur Carlberg ... Dame Margarete
Einar Röd Einar Röd ... Sofren Ivarson
Greta Almroth ... Mari - His Sweetheart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olav Aukrust Olav Aukrust ... First Candidate
Emil Helsengreen Emil Helsengreen ... The Gardener
Mathilde Nielsen Mathilde Nielsen ... Gunvor
Lorentz Thyholt Lorentz Thyholt ... The Beadle
Kurt Welin Kurt Welin ... Second Candidate
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A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is old enough to be his grandmother, and second, he is already engaged to another woman. Written by page8701

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

4 October 1920 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lillehammer, Norway

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Runtime:

(2003 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 2003, Film Preservation Associates, Inc. copyrighted a version with a piano score compiled and performed by Neal Kurz from the works of Edvard Grieg. It was produced for video by David Shepard and runs 71 minutes. See more »

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A posthumous (and minor) masterpiece.
8 August 2009 | by Irie212See all my reviews

Hildur Carlberg, the skilled septuagenarian actress who plays Dame Margarete, died in August, 1920, two months before this film opened-- a heartbreaking irony, in part because the plot involves her youthful husband marrying her only to await her death.

The film has marvelous comic moments, capitalizing on the fact that medieval European peasants suffered from backbreaking work, a total absence of education, and a desperate need for dentists. The scene when a couple of clerics (the losers) compete for the job of parson by delivering sermons in which they inadvertently skewer their own backwardness is priceless, especially as they are speaking to a congregation of bedraggled and toothless locals who were mostly in church to nap. And the scene where an old lady hocks something out of her nose before returning to her needlepoint-- fabulous.

Dreyer, a committed naturalist who didn't even approve of make-up on his performers, shot this film on location at Maihaugen, Norway, in an open-air museum of 200 medieval buildings. Even the interiors are authentic. Every frame shows it. Watch particularly for a folk wall hanging in Dame Margarete's home. This is another silent gem from the director of The Passion of Joan of Arc.


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