the president

the president

Carl Theodor Dreyer: The President (1919)

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https://www.youtube.com/user/iconaus Praesidenten is a film about the crucial conflict between the (conservative) codes of society and individual moral. It tells the story of a grandfather, father and son of a well respected family who all make the same mistake and fall in love with a common girl. They all have to resolve the problem in a way acceptable to the society they live in but must consequently suffer the inner guilt that inevitably follows. Finally, late in his life the son, whose a respected judge in a small town, gets a chance to redeem himself and his ancestors by doing the right thing morally but also severely breaking the law in doing so. This highlights the conflict between the personal and the societal spheres of right and wrong in a spectacular way, especially as Dreyer depicts the other local men of power as only concerned with how the incident would affect their status in society.