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190 Ratings

Master of the House

Du skal ære din hustru

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Denmark, 1925
Silent, Drama


The film centers upon Johannes Meyer, an insensitive bully who browbeats his wife and children beyond all reason.

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Master of the House Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
The film is an exceptionally fluid, assured one, and it prepares for more daring Dreyer experiments to come: the fragmented interior spaces of La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, the creeping camera of Vampyr, and the intensely theatricalized late films Day of Wrath, Ordet, and Gertrud. Little-known at the time, The Master of the House has come to be regarded as one of the most quietly perfect of silent films.
December 29, 2015
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There are elements of comedy, particularly in the performances of Johannes Meyer as the grouchy autocrat and Mathilde Nielsen as the crafty old nanny who engineers his re-education, but the movie is notable for the pared-down elegance of its construction, the sparseness of its intertitles, the eloquence of its close-ups and the naturalistic claustrophobia of its setting.
April 25, 2014
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[Master of the House has] Dreyer’s extraordinarily limpid psychological realism, something that was altogether new, modern, and distinctive in cinema at a time when most films still inscribed themselves within the conventions of melodrama.
April 22, 2014
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