The Bride of Glomdal

(Carl Th. Dreyer, NO, 1926)

Tore takes over the rundown family farm. Applying his youthful energy, he intends to make it into a big farm like Glomgården on the other side of the river, where beautiful Berit loves. Tore falls in love with her, but her father has promised her to rich Gjermund. As her wedding to Gjermund draws near, Berit runs away and seeks refuge with Tore and his parents. She soon falls deathly ill but recovers, asking for, and getting, her father’s permission to marry Tore. Jealous Gjermund is determined to prevent their wedding, however, in a dramatic climactic scene playing out around the rushing river.

The Bride of Glomdal is a melodrama kept in a light tone, and nature is a significant co-actor. Gorgeous mountains and a rushing river frame the film, which was shot in the Norwegian high summer. Very unusually for Dreyer, he was not particularly well prepared for this film. No real script existed and he reportedly read the book on which the film is based on the train to Norway. Moreover, the film was shot in a very short time, because the actors had to return to the theatres after their summer vacation.

The film is distinguished by some dramatic scenes with cross-cutting inspired by D.W. Griffith. The scenes fall toward the end of the film, when Tore has to dramatically ford the river to get his Berit. We are treated to a romantic and happy end, a quite uncharacteristic thing for Dreyer.

The Bride of Glomdal was generally well received in Norway and Denmark. In particular, the stunning Norwegian scenery was extolled. The film is not among Dreyer’s most important works, though he was quite satisfied with it himself, considering its rather chaotic creation.


Production company Victoria Film
Distributor  Dansk-Svensk Film
Censorship classification Allowed for all
Release date and place 15.4 1926 / Palads 
First screening 1.1.1926 in Admiral Palads and Carl Johan-Teatre, Oslo.
Based on  The novel of same name (1907) and "Eline Vangen" (1906), by the norwegian Jacob Breda Bull.

Directed by

Carl Th. Dreyer  Director


Carl Th. Dreyer  Screenwriter 

Cinematography by

Einar Olsen  Diretor of Photography

Production design

Jens Wang  Art Direction 


Einar Sissener Tore Braaten 
Stub Wiberg  Ola Glomgaarden
Tove Tellback Berit Glomgaarden
Harald Stormoen  Jakob Braaten
Afhild Stormoen Kari Braaten, Jakob's wife
Oscar Larsen Berger Haugsett 
Einar Tveito Gjermund, Berger's son 
Rasmus Rasmussen The Parson
Sofie Reimers Clergyman's Wife
Julie Lampe "Old-Guri"

Carl Th. Dreyer



Other titles 
Glomdalsbruden (NO - original title)
Glomdalsbruden (DK)
Die Braut vom Daalenhof (DE)


1393 metres

Technical data 
35 mm - 1,33:1 - b/w - mute