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    Carl Theodor Dreyer has long been exalted by film connoisseurs for THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, VAMPYR, DAY OF WRATH, and ORDET. With THE PARSON'S WIDOW, we meet a different Dreyer: a director who engages with broad humor, then gradually guides to a wise, bittersweet resolution. Söfren, an aspiring parson, is engaged to Mari, but her father won’t allow them to marry until Söfren gets a ministry. He’s hired by a small rural congregation only to discover that according to local custom, the widow of the deceased pastor may marry his successor. An aged woman who has already buried three earlier husbands, Dame Margarete asserts her right in order to keep her home, but Söfren also brings Mari to the parish claiming that she is his sister. The two plan to wait for the elderly woman to die. When it appears she might be eternal, Söfren begins a series of silly pranks to hasten the old lady’s end, but before her death her wisdom, dignity and selflessness teach the young couple a great deal about fundamental humanity. THE PARSON'S WIDOW from 1920 has been called “the first real Dreyer film” as it prefigures key themes in his later work. The film was beautifully photographed by George Schnéevoigt (who would later go on to direct LAILA) in the 17th-century museum village of Lillehammer, Norway. The original luminous quality is substantially preserved in this edition, digitally mastered from a 35mm camera-negative print. Two rare Dreyer shorts accompany the feature. THEY CAUGHT THE FERRY (1948) adapts the technique of Dreyer’s horror/fantasy VAMPYR to a chilling and unforgettable miniature on driver safety. THORVALDSEN: DENMARK'S GREAT SCULPTOR (1949) uses the long lenses and confrontational style of THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC to illuminate the search for truth in the work of the greatest Danish sculptor, which turns out to have a surprising affinity with Dreyer’s own cinema.

    • Release Date: 1920
    • Runtime: 71:00
    • Genre: Comedy, Drama
    • Language: Swedish (English subtitles)
    • Format: DVD-NTSC
    • Screen: 0.16875
    • Aspect: 1.33:1
    • Rating: NR
    • Audio: Stereo
    • Color/BW: BW
    • Special Features: Two rare Dreyer shorts accompany the feature. THEY CAUGHT THE FERRY (1948) adapts the technique of Dreyer’s horror/fantasy VAMPYR to a chilling and unforgettable miniature on driver safety. THORVALDSEN: DENMARK'S GREAT SCULPTOR (1949) uses the long lenses and confrontational style of THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC to illuminate the search for truth in the work of the greatest Danish sculptor, which turns out to have a surprising affinity with Dreyer’s own cinema.
    • Copyright: Special Contents of This Edition ©1999 by Film Preservation Associates, Inc. / DVD Publication and Design ©2016 Flicker Alley, LLC
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Disc Format: DVD-9

    Starring:
    Einar Rö
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    Greta Alroth
    Hildur

    Written by:
    Carl Theodor Dreyer
    Kristofer Janson

    Directed by:
    Carl Theodor Dreyer

    Produced by:
    Svenski Filmindustri
    Stockholm

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