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The Parson's Widow (Silent)

Genres: Silent, Drama, Comedy, Feature Film

Cast: Greta Almroth, Einar Rod, Hildur Carlberg

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Synopsis: One of the world's greatest directors, Carl-Theodor Dreyer has long been hailed for such masterpieces as The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr, Day of Wrath and Ordet. Now we meet a different Dreyer who engages with broad humor, then gradually guides to a wise, bittersweet resolution.
Aspiring parson Sofren is engaged to Mari, but her father won't allow them to marry until Sofren 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 Sofren 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, Sofren 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.
Called "the first real Dreyer film," THE PARSON'S WIDOW (aka The Witch Woman) prefigures key themes in his later work. Beautifully photographed in the 17th-century museum village of Lillehammer, Norway, the film's original luminous quality is captured in this digitally mastered edition from a 35mm camera-negative print.

Language: Silent

Country of Origin: Sweden

Production Year: 1920

 The Parson's Widow (Silent)
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  • Release Date: Sep 21st, 2004
  • Catalog Number: ID0216DS00
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  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 71
  • Color Format: Tinted
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Dutch, English, Silent
  • 16:9: No
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle: English
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