Du Skal Aere Din Hustru

Du Skal Aere Din Hustru

Astrid Holm
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer Cast: Astrid Holm
Astrid Holm
, Karin Nellemose
Karin Nellemose
, Johannes Meyer
Johannes Meyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer


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Originally titled Du Skal Aere Din Hustru, Master of the House was also released as Thou Shalt Honor Thy Wife. By any title, the film was arguably the most successful Scandinavian film of the silent era, playing to turn-away business throughout Europe. Based on a play by Sven Rindon, the film centers upon Johannes Meyer, an insensitive bully who browbeats his wife and children beyond all reason. The big jerk is taught a lesson by his own nanny, now an aging crone, who begins giving him a dose of his own medicine. This humiliating experience enables Meyer to stage a warm reunion with his wife, who had previously walked out on him. It may seem like basic sitcom material, but Master of the House apparently struck a nerve in the chauvinistically inclined Europe and Denmark of 1925.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
UPC: 0715515117913
Original Release: 1925
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 42,478

Special Features

New Interview with Carl Theodor Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg; New visual essay on Dreyer's innovations by film historian David Bordwell; Plus: an essay by film scholar Mark LeFanu

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Master of the House
1. The Fransen Household [5:25]
2. Breakfast for Father [6:57]
3. Mads's Visit [5:51]
4. Viktor's Foul Mood [6:03]
5. Mads Can't Take It Anymore [5:57]
6. Another Watchful Eye [5:56]
7. Ida Defends Her Husband [4:31]
8. "What is a Tyrant?" [6:04]
9. A Reprieve [4:36]
10. "Where is Ida?" [6:08]
11. Karen Shares a Secret [5:31]
12. Doctor's Orders [3:29]
13. Like a Schoolboy [6:39]
14. A Little Bribery [6:21]
15. Clean Laundry and Diapers [6:41]
16. Viktor Repents [5:52]
17. Apologies Attempted [3:18]
18. "Foolish, Stubborn, Vain" [5:18]
19. Harmony Restored [6:17]
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