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The Woman Always Pays (1910)
"Afgrunden" (original title)

 -  Short | Drama  -  18 April 1912 (USA)
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At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the ... See full summary »

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Magda Vang
Robert Dinesen ...
Ingenieur Knud Svane / Magda's Fiancé
Poul Reumert ...
Artist Rudolf Stern / Circus Performer
Hans Neergaard ...
Pastor Peder Svane / Knud's Father
Hulda Didrichsen ...
Frau Svane
Emilie Sannom ...
Varietésängerin Lilly d'Estrelle / Magda's Rival
Oscar Stribolt ...
Kellner / Waiter
Arne Weel ...
Guest in Garden
Johannes Fønss ...
Guest in Garden
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At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the vicarage in Gjerslev. Outside the vicarage a circus troupe passes by, and Magda is saluted by the performer Rudolph Stern. In the night Rudolph climbs a ladder to Magda's bedroom. She tries to flee his advances, but after a hot kiss she surrenders, and runs away with him. Magda is hired as a dancer with Rudolph at the Empire Varieté. When Rudolph fondles a ballet dancer Magda gets furious, and starts a fight in front of the audience. Magda and Rudolph are fired. To earn some money Rudolph forces Magda to play the piano in a band at a garden restaurant. Knud turns up and recognizes her. Incognito he asks her for a private meeting. Magda thinks she is asked to sell her body and refuses, but Rudolph forces her to go. When Rudloph after a while interrupts and finds Magda with Knud, he gets furious and starts ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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This film contains a scene in which Asta Nielsen dances suggestively with a man whom she is binding with rope. The scene was censored in the US. See more »

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Damen Nielsen Erotic Dance Scene

Magda meets her fiancé, Knud, in a casual way during a tram trip, at that same moment both fall madly in love with each other; few days later, Knud invite Magda to spend a thrilling weekend at a vicarage, where his father works.

Meanwhile Magda are spending so particular weekend with her fiancé, comes to town a circus; Magda will fall in love with a cowboy who performs at the circus, exchanging at once the bored fiancé for the hefty cowboy and running away both without thinking very much this new situation.

The relationship between Magda and her cowboy it will begin to be very problematic, tormented, and full of suspicions, jealousies and humiliations suffered by Magda by her cowboy and despite that the bored fiancé appeared from time to time in her live trying to put an end to such wild passionate abyss, those efforts will be finally in vane.

"Afgrunden" it's a film directed by the great Danish and unfortunately not well known director, Urban Gad and starred by Asta Nielsen, actress whom Herr Gad discovered and married.

Despite the film it's sometimes a simple and exaggerated melodrama, Herr Gad endow always their films with a stunning modernity as in style as in content, being able to diminish those typical deficiencies of the film, in the other hand, standard for an early 1910 film production, not mentioning Damen Nielsen good presence and versatility (it is necessary to emphasize the Damen Nielsen erotic dance scene, in this way you'll see how modern and alluring your grandmothers were ), two reasons, the Herr Gad film direction and Damen Nielsen performance, enough to watch this early Danish film.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because when this Teutonic Count heard about storm relationships, remembered that he must to talk something about it with some of their German fat heiresses.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/


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