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The Master of the House
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s richly detailed tragicomedy of domestic manners is by turns funny, intensely emotional and deeply affecting.
Drama 1925 107 mins Silent
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s richly detailed tragicomedy of domestic manners is by turns funny, intensely emotional and deeply affecting. The failure of his small business turns Victor (Johannes Meyer) into a household tyrant, constantly complaining and criticising his long-suffering family and eventually driving out his saintly wife Ida (Astrid Holm) to stay with relatives. His elderly Nanny Mads (Mathilde Nielsen) assumes control and, under her firm tutelage, he comes to fully appreciate the value of his wife.
For this charming, richly detailed tragicomedy of domestic manners, Dreyer compressed and clarified the stage play by Svend Rindom on which it was based, making it a definitively cinematic rather than theatrical work. Master of the House was particularly successful in France where it was widely admired. It resulted in Dreyer being invited to work there and in the eventual commission of his first large-budget film, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928).
Drama 1963 81 mins Director: Vera Chytilová
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Fruit of Paradise
Drama 1969 99 mins Director: Vera Chytilová
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The Frightened Woman
Drama 1969 86 mins Director: Piero Schivazappa
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Female Human Animal
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Drama 1969 112 mins Director: Vittorio De Sica
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Period drama 1976 130 mins Director: Luchino Visconti
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Comedy 1990 100 mins Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jeunet and Caro's endlessly inventive and wildly enjoyable post-apocalyptic black comedy, about a sinister butcher and the circus clown who becomes his nemesis.
King of Escape
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Comedy 1917 24 mins Silent Director: Charles Chaplin
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Comedy 1916 25 mins Silent Director: Charles Chaplin
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Let's Go Crazy
Comedy 1951 33 mins Director: Alan J. Cullimore
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The Slappiest Days of Our Lives
Comedy 1953 73 mins
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Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer
Horror 1932 73 mins Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
The first sound-film by one of the greatest of all filmmakers, Carl Theodor Dreyer, is akin to a waking-dream; guiding the viewer on a trance-like journey between reality and the supernatural.
Day of Wrath
Period drama 1943 97 mins Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
Dark and powerful tale of love and betrayal, and a community gripped by an obsessive fear of witchcraft.
Drama 1964 116 mins Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s final masterpiece centres on a woman who rejects the compromise of her marriage and retreats into a serene isolation.
Drama 1955 125 mins Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
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The Passion of Joan of Arc
Biopic 1927 80 mins Silent Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
An incontestable masterpiece of silent cinema, Carl Dreyer's deeply moving biopic features one of the most powerful performances ever captured on film.
They Caught the Ferry
Documentary 1948 12 mins Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
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