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 ...
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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
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 »
Considering how rare a Carl Theodor Dreyer comedy is, it's something of a surprise to find how many laughs the Danish director of the stale Leaves from Satan's Book and gloomy Ordet gets out of the gentle humour to be found in this lightweight tale. Looking and behaving more like a 21st Century hipster than an 18th Century Man of God, Einar Rod plays a luckless young man who, upon securing a position as a village parson so that he may wed his fiance, discovers that a condition of the new job is that he must wed the former parson's widow. Much of the humour is mined from the way that his attempts to steal a few hours with his fiancé are repeatedly foiled by his new old wife, played to perfection by Hildur Carlberg (who sadly died before the film's premier).
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