The President

The President

Synopsis

Dazzlingly restored a few years ago, Dreyer's first feature is a typically sympathetic tale of female suffering, with a series of "commoners" left pregnant and otherwise betrayed by rich, powerful patriarchs. The melodrama is heightened by a complex interlocking narrative, but what impress most are the elegant compositions, the simple but meticulously detailed sets, and the careful selection of non-professionals with the "right" faces for minor roles and crowd scenes.

Technical Specs

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Year: 1919
Country: Denmark
Language: Silent
Duration: 89 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: PG
Alternate Title: Praesidenten