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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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Referenced in The Talking Muse (2003)See more »


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Damen Nielsen Erotic Dance Scene, 23 March 2007

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

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