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Praesidenten (1919)

Praesidenten

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This convoluted, flashback-filled melodrama, the first film of director Carl Dreyer, introduces Karl Victor von Sendlingen (Halvard Hoff), President of the Court in his Danish town, as a man haunted by his oath to his father (Elith Pio), never to marry a commoner. Although he falls in love with his niece's governess Hermine Lippert (Betty Kirkebye), he deserts her when she becomes pregnant. Many years later, von Sendlingen discovers that his daughter, Victorine Lippert (Olga Raphael-Linden) is on trial for having murdered her baby. The innocent Victorine, who was herself seduced and abandoned by a nobleman, is condemned to death, but her father is able to commute her sentence. He then frees her from her cell and flees the country with her, resigning his position. When he returns home a few years later, von Sendlingen falls from the ruins of his ancestral castle and perishes. 19/70more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Karl Emil Franzos
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Cast

Betty Kirkebye
as Hermine Lippert
Halvard Hoff
as Karl Victor v. Sendl...
Jon Iversen
as Victorine's Fianc6
Peter Nielsen
as The Prosecutor
Richard Christensen
as Lawyer Georg Berger
Olga Raphael-Linden
as Victoiine Lippert
Elith Pio
as His Father
Axel Madsen
as Vice-President Werne...
Carl Meyer
as His Grandfather
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A melancholy melodrama.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dreyer's first film is a painterly tale of sins repeated and injustices perpetuated

Full Review… | November 18, 2012
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