A small but perfectly formed masterpiece that confounds all expectations: a comedy from the famously dour director Dreyer (Passion of Joan of Arc)… a light-hearted romantic froth about young love that will take you by surprise and break your heart.
In 17th century Norway a young theology student determines to secure the position of minister so that he can have the means to marry his sweetheart. But his jubilation at triumphing over his rivals for the role is short-lived when he learns that the position is conditional upon marrying his predecessor’s widow. An affecting and beautiful drama from one of the acknowledged great artists of cinema.
Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer | Sweden | 1920 | N/C U | b&w, tinted & toned | Swedish intertitles with English sub-titles | 1h 34m (+ short accompanied by Forrester Pyke)
With: Hildur Carlberg, Einar Rod, Greta Almroth
Performing live: John Sweeney
New restoration courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute, Credit: AB Svensk Filmindustri
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