"The Parson's Widow"
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
The humorous side of Carl Theodor
Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc) is revealed in this early silent
feature. Sofren, an aspiring parson, wants to marry his love, but her father
won't permit a marriage until Sofren has a ministry. When he's hired by a
rural congregation, he sees marriage in his sights, until he learns of a
local custom that allows the widow of the deceased former pastor to marry
his successor. Filmed in the 17th-century museum village of Lillehammer,
Norway. Restored from an original 35mm print and speed-corrected. Also
released as The Witch Woman. Includes two Dreyer shorts, remastered
from 35mm prints: They Caught the Ferry (1948, 12 mins.), on driver
safety, and Thorvaldsen (1949, 11 mins.), about the Danish sculptor.