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18 April 1912 (USA) See more »
At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Asta Nielsen ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Torben Meyer ... Secondary Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Urban Gad 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Urban Gad 

Produced by
Hjalmar Davidsen .... producer
Cinematography by
Alfred Lind 

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Also Known As:
"Afgrunden" - Denmark (original title)
"Woman Always Pays" - USA
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Denmark:38 min | Denmark:37 min (16 fps) (2004 restored version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A "provocative" movie..., 18 September 2003
Author: heliosmagica from Copenhagen, Denmark

Interesting film, though it does seem too long at some points. The film however do contain especially one interesting scene. Magda, the young girl whom the story revolves around, is performing on stage, with her love, a circus artist. On stage she ties him up with rope, and slowly starts to dance around him. But it ain't polka she's dancing! She rubs against his body, feeling him up, while she slowly moves around him. Now this of course doesn't sound very provocative today, but at that time it made the mountains move! In fact, it was so provocative at the time that it was forbidden for young men to see. Of course not any young man... only to the young men from the working classes (we all know who easy "they" /working class men/ are influenced! One simply couldn't afford to poison a young workers mind!)

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