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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

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
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

5 October 1925 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the House See more »

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Palladium Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Karin Nellemose. See more »

Quotes

Ida, hans hystru: Tell Frederik to go and buy a pair of good apples... Father is so fond of roasted apples.
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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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exceptional entertaining film
27 November 2006 | by non_sportcardandySee all my reviews

Exceptional because 90% of the story is set in an apartment but does not bore the viewer.The main credit to the movie should go to the writers.Although the story is mainly serious many of the lines show well thought out humor.It's already been brought out how the film is a step back in time showing how a typical Danish family might of went about doing daily chores in that era.At times it has the look of being filmed for future generations to study.Seeing a person carrying a tub of clothes up a few flights of stairs can generate a lot of appreciation for a clothes dryer.The few outdoor scenes were of interest also as they reflected a lifestyle of the past.Yes the story is of a a bad husband/father mistreating the family.To add to his fearful image he seems to be a huge man.This may be best noted in a closeup scene of his hand and the oldest daughter's hand together,the difference in size is great.The emphasis on his being a tyrant is great also but quite believable.The wife's slave like existence is laid on thick and is not quite so believable.The doubt here being brought about by her total lack of verbal response to the husbands unreasonable comments.She just puts her head down and obeys.Her role is almost 100% fairytale like.Compared to her Cinderella might seem sassy.The mentioning of the wife's lack of protest is an observation not an criticism (it's not easy to make that sound right).Anyone with only a slight interest in this subject matter will probably still be entertained by this movie.


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