The Parson’s Widow (Dreyer, 1920)

The Parson’s Widow (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1920)

Well, okay, sort of a fun little dark comedy set in the olden days. A young man comes to a village in hopes of being hired as a parson. Upon receiving an offer for the job, he is told he must marry the previous parson’s widow – an old woman. From here, he and his actual fiance plan to wait for the woman to die. There are a few chuckles here and there, including a scene where the parson dresses as the devil in hopes of scaring the old woman to death (only for her to see his slippers underneath the costume). I also found the pastoral village setting to be soothing in tone and helped keep the events at a playful level. An unexpected shift in the plot towards the end causes a much too sentimental conclusion, but this wasn’t some kind of masterpiece up to that point either, so it’s easy to forgive.  7/10


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