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Master of the House

Carl Th. Dreyer

Master of the House (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

22 Apr 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

2 Discs

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  • Denmark
  • 1925
  • 107 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Danish
  • Spine #706

Before he turned to the story of Joan of Arc, the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer fashioned this ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life. A deft comedy of gentle revenge, it is the story of a housewife who, with the help of a wily nanny, turns the tables on her tyrannical husband. In it, Dreyer combines lightness and humor with his customary meticulous craft and sense of integrity. Master of the House, an enormous box-office success in its day, is a jewel of the silent cinema.


Viktor Frandsen, a watchmakerJohannes Meyer
Ida, his wifeAstrid Holm
Karen, their daughterKarin Nellemose
Alvilda Kryger, Ida’s motherClara Schønfeld
Mads, Victor's former nannyMathilde Nielsen
The doctorJohannes Nielsen
Mrs. Hansen, the washerwomanPetrine Sonne
Frederik, the sonAage Hoffman


DirectorCarl Th. Dreyer
WritersCarl Th. Dreyer and Svend Rindom
Based on the play Tyrannens fald bySvend Rindom
CinematographyGeorge Schnéevoigt
Art directionCarl Th. Dreyer
EditingCarl Th. Dreyer

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with a reconstructed score by composer Gillian B. Anderson, performed by pianist Sara Davis Buechner and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Carl Theodor Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg
  • New visual essay on Dreyer’s innovations by film historian David Bordwell
  • New English intertitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu

    New cover by Béatrice Coron