MASTER OF THE HOUSE
A Film by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Since the failure of his small business, Victor has become a household tyrant, constantly complaining and criticising his long-suffering family. The sanity forbearance of his wife Ida seems only to drive Victor to ever more vindictive acts of tyranny. Finally Victor's old nanny, watching his behaviour with increasing fury, takes drastic action.
With an enchanting performance from Astrid Holm at its centre, this is a carefully observed comedy of manners, tackling issues of domestic inequality which are still relevant today. Meanwhile the wonderful Mathilde Nielsen as Nanny Mads ensures a rich vein of humour runs through this emotional and deeply affecting film.
- My Metier (Torben Skjodt Jensen, 1995, 94 mins)
- Good Mothers (Dreyer, 1942, 12 mins)
- They Caught the Ferry (Dreyer, 1948, 11 mins)
- Fully illustrated booklet with essay by Dreyer scholar Casper Tybjerg (University of Copenhagen), reviews by Tom Milne, James Leahy and more.
Denmark | 1925 | black & white | Danish language with optional English subtitles | 92 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
'Its golden simplicity almost defies description' --Sight and Sound
'Put Carol Dreyer where he belongs - in the company of Mizoguchi, Vigo, Ophuls, Renoir, Rossellini, Bergman and Godard' --David Thomson