Directed by Urban Gad, August Blom and Holger-Madsen
Denmark 1910 - 1919

 

  Asta Nielsen is probably the greatest Danish film star. However, she only starred in four Danish films, all of which are on this DVD: From her breathtaking appearance in “The Abyss” (1910) to Holger-Madsen’s moral tale “Towards the Light” (1919). Most of Asta Nielsen’s career took place in Germany where she starred in almost seventy films in the period 1911-1932. In the Danish films she starred with the greatest Danish male protagonists of the period: Poul Reumert, Valdemar Psilander and Alf Blütecher, as she was also to star with the greatest German stars in her German production. “The Abyss” is by many regarded as not only the important debut of Asta Nielsen, but also the film that marks the early 1910’s as the golden age of Danish cinema, with its feature length erotically charged melodramas. “The Abyss” is here presented in a digitally restored version with the inclusion of the Swedish censorship outtakes, dramatically improving the quality of the central erotic dance sequence.

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DVD Review: Danish Film Institute - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution DFI - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 3:11:00 (approx.) 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Audio Silent (Dolby Digital mono) 
Intertitles English, original Danish, None
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This DVD from the Danish Film Institute contains Asta Nielsen's 4 Danish films...

AFGRUNDEN / THE ABYSS (DK, 1910)
Directed by Urban Gad. Manuscript: Urban Gad. Production Company: Kosmorama.
Cinematography: Alfred Lind. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Poul Reumert, Hans Neergaard, Robert Dinesen, Emilie Sannom, Oscar Stribolt. 35 minutes (16 fps).

BALLETDANSERINDEN / THE BALLET DANCER (DK, 1911)
Directed by August Blom. Manuscript: Alfred Kjerulf. Production Company: Nordisk Films Kompagni. Cinematography: Axel Graatkjær. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Johannes Poulsen, Valdemar Møller, Karen Lund, Emilie Sannom. 45 minutes (16 fps).

DEN SORTE DRØM / THE BLACK DREAM (DK, 1911)
Directed by Urban Gad. Manuscript: Urban Gad. Production Company: Fotorama. Cinematography: Adam Johansen. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Gunnar Helsengren, Ellen Holm, Peter Fjelstrup, Ellen Feldmann. 56 minutes (16 fps).

MOD LYSET / TOWARDS THE LIGHT (DK, 1919)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Manuscript: Holger-Madsen. Production Company: Nordisk Films Kompagni. Cinematography: Sophus Wangøe. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Augusta Blad, Alf Blütecher, Frederik Jacobsen, Anton de Verdier, Nicolai Neiiendam, Elith Pio, Astrid Holm. 55 minutes (20 fps).

 

NOTE: "The final film TOWARDS THE LIGHT is by far the stand-out film in the set. The first film AFGRUNDEN/THE ABYSS has some really bad decomposition (DECASIA standard!), but it's great to watch, and frankly - it's this or nothing.

There is unnecessary combing and moire colour problems (more noticeable on progressive displays) but the intertitles are done very well (similar to MoC's ASPHALT and SPIONE, original language intertitles remain intact on the video track, but optional English subtitles mask the entire screen to maintain readability).

Only an organisation such as the DFI would issue something so niche, but so historically interesting as this. They should be applauded."

Nick Wrigley


DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2005

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