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The Woman Always Pays (1910)

Afgrunden (original title)
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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18 April 1912 (USA)  »

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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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Edited into From Camille to Joan of Arc (1961) See more »

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Who's that girl...?!
13 June 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark.) – See all my reviews

"Afgrunden" is a clearly primitive movie. It isn't stylistic revolutionary, and doesn't invent any new way to tell a story. However.... Though "Afgrunden" is from 1910 there is one scene I just can't seem to forget. It sticks to me in some strange way. The famous dancing scene with Asta Nielsen clearly has a sexual context. Even compared to modern films tendency to make sexual contents seem as dirty as possible, "Afgrunden" represents the same standard with a lot more modest use of effects and 'moves'. Try to see it, just for that one scene.


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