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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johannes Meyer ... Viktor Frandsen - Finmekaniker
Astrid Holm ... Ida - Hans Hystru
Karin Nellemose ... Karen - Deres Datter
Mathilde Nielsen ... Mads - Frandsens tidligere barnepige
Petrine Sonne Petrine Sonne ... Vaskekone
Clara Schønfeld Clara Schønfeld ... Fra Kryger - Idas Mor
Johannes Nielsen Johannes Nielsen ... Læge
Aage Hoffman Aage Hoffman ... Dreng
Viggo Lindstrøm Viggo Lindstrøm
Vilhelm Petersen Vilhelm Petersen
Byril Harvig Byril Harvig ... Barnet
Aage Schmidt Aage Schmidt
Frk. Voss-Christensen Frk. Voss-Christensen ... Pige Gos Læen
Georg Busch Georg Busch
Frank Henriksen Frank Henriksen


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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5 October 1925 (Denmark) See more »

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Palladium Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Remade in 1942 during the German occupation of Denmark in WWII as Tyrannens Fald (1942) (The Tyrant's Fall) with Mathilde Nielsen reprising her role as the nanny and Karin Nellemose moving into the role of the mother. See more »


Viktor Frandsen, finmekaniker: A Mrs. Hansen is in the stairwell!
Mads, Frandsens tidligere barnepige: Yes, it is the washerwoman. Let her in! You did not think that I was going to toil in a raw and cold washhouse?
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Alternate Versions

A 107-minute version with English intertitles and an uncredited piano score was shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel in 2006. It had no crew credits other than the director (as Carl Dreyer) and only three cast members: Johannes Meyer (as Johs Meyer), 'Astrid Holm' and Mathilde Nielsen. The English names used were John and Mary for the husband and wife, presumably to indicate a typical family, and "Nana" for the Wetnurse. The two older children were called Kathleen and Dick. See more »


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Who says Dreyer is boring?
27 September 2000 | by Marc AmbitSee all my reviews

After seeing this movie (along with many other Dreyer's movies) I still wonder why people think that this Danish director is kind of boring.

This is perfect example of what Dreyer's cinematography is and what is not. This is a film where you can find some gentle spirit lying beneath. Some sort of quietness that fulfils the whole movie. As in many other of his early movies, Dreyer puts the spectator in a superior level. We are given the opportunity to watch an everyday's scene: a woman subjugated to a spoilt man's will. We watch her wake up early in the morning, wash dishes, clean the whole house, prepare her husband's breakfast and all she gets in exchange is bad manners and retreats from him. The complot that the nanny builds up to make the man feel guilty and so, to make him behave, unfolds in a subtle and sometimes funny way, making the watching more enjoyable from the distance.

It's hard to describe the perfect acting that the main characters bring to this beautiful film; an acting full of details and emotion.

Enjoyable form the first frame to the last one, this film will work perfectly for Dreyer's fans as long as for those who ever thought this was a tough one. It's, probably, the perfect bridge to approach to Dreyer's masterpieces such as "Ordet" and "Gertrud".

Hope you like it as much as I did.

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