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The fourth marriage of dame Margaret

Carl Th. Dreyer, Sweden, 1921

94 min.Feature

Based on a novella by the Norwegian writer Kristofer Janson (itself taken from an actual event of the early Seventeenth century), this enchanting film tells the story of a young parson who preaches an electrifying sermon to rout his rivals and win his first livning in a country village, only to discover that he also inherits the previous incumbent's widow, Dame Margaret, an ancient lady who has already buried three parson-husbands. Reluctantly he agrees to the marriage, but consoles himself by persuading Dame Margaret to hire his girl friend, whom he introduces as his sister, as a maid in the parsonage. Frustrated by the constant vigilance of Dame Margaret, the young lovers set about doing away with her, but eventually realise with bitter regret that they have misjudged her. (Excerpt from "The Cinema of Carl Dreyer" (1971) by Tom Milne).
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Prästänkan
Danish title Præsteenken
Other titles Nach Recht und Gesetz, The fourth marriage of dame Margaret, The parson's widow, La quatrième alliance de Dame Marguerite, Prestekonen, La vedova del pastore
Director Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer
Based on Efter normanden Kristofer Jansons novelle "Prestekonen", som bygger på virkelige begivenheder fra omkring år 1600, hvor Margrete Pedersdatter i Tysnes overlevede tre præster. Novellen indgik i samlingen "Middelalderlige Bilder", som blev udgivet i 1901.
Director of Photography George Schnéevoigt
Appearances Hildur Carlberg, Einar Röd, Greta Almroth, Olav Aukrust
Production country Sweden
Production companies Svensk Filmindustri
Domestic distribution Svensk Filmindustri
Technical info 1935 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 26.04.1921
Cinemas Palads Filmen havde urpremiere 4/10 1920 i Sverige: i Rivoli og Record i Stockholm, Cosmorama i Göteborg, Drott i Karlstad, Röda Kvärn i Kristianstad og Odéon i Helsingborg.<br>
I Norge fik den premiere 25/10 1920 på Victoria og Westend Teater i Olso.

Companies

Production companies Svensk Filmindustri
Domestic distribution Svensk Filmindustri

Direction

Direction Carl Th. Dreyer

Script

Script Carl Th. Dreyer

Cinematography

Cinematography George Schnéevoigt

Other credits

Historical consultant Anders Sandvig

Appearance

Margrethe Pedersdotter, præsteenken Hildur Carlberg
Søfren, præstekandidat Einar Röd
Kari, Søfrens forlovede Greta Almroth
Mager præstekandidat Olav Aukrust
Fed præstekandidat Kurt Welin
Gunvor, tjenestepige i præstegården Mathilde Nielsen
Steinar, karl i præstegården Emil Helsengreen
Præst William Ivarson
Klokker Lorentz Thyholt
Bonde Ivar Blekarstad
Bonde Peter Kraabøl
Appearance Olav Aasmundstad
Appearance Anton Lie
Appearance Kristen Holbø
Appearance Einar Lunde

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