Master of the House

Master of the House

Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1925 • Denmark

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.

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Master of the House
  • Master of the House

    Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1925 • Denmark

    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 nann...

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  • Casper Tybjerg on MASTER OF THE HOUSE

    In this interview, produced in 2014, Danish film historian Casper Tybjerg discusses how MASTER OF THE HOUSE went from being a popular stage play to a film, one that was a major stepping-stone in director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s career.

  • David Bordwell on MASTER OF THE HOUSE

    In the following program, film scholar David Bordwell examines the cinematic techniques Carl Theodor Dreyer was experimenting with when he made MASTER OF THE HOUSE.