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Before he got up close and personal with Joan of Arc, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer (Vampyr) fashioned this finely detailed, ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life. In this heartfelt story of a housewife who, with the help of a wily nanny, turns the tables on her tyrannical husband, Dreyer finds lightness and humor; it’s a deft comedy of revenge that was an enormous box-office success and is considered an early example of feminism on-screen. Constructed with the director’s customary meticulousness and stirring sense of justice, Master of the House is a jewel of silent cinema.
New 2K digital film restoration, with a recent score by Gillian Anderson, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray. New interview with Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg. New visual essay on Dreyer’s camera work and editing by film historian David Bordwell. New English intertitle translation. PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu.