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Urban Gad (screenplay)
Gebhard Schätzler-Perasini (screenplay)
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19 August 1911 (Germany) See more »
Two men of high rank are both wooing the beautiful and famous equestrian acrobat Stella. While Stella ignores the jeweler Hirsch... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Asta Nielsen ... Stella

Valdemar Psilander ... Grev Johan Waldberg
Gunnar Helsengreen ... Hofjuveler A. Hirsch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Albes
Hugo Flink
Mary Hagen
Poul Baastrup ... Cirkustjener (uncredited)
Ellen Feldmann ... (uncredited)
Peter Fjelstrup ... (uncredited)
Tronier Funder ... (uncredited)
Ellen Gottschalch ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Urban Gad 
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Urban Gad  screenplay
Gebhard Schätzler-Perasini  screenplay

Cinematography by
Adam Johansen 
Guido Seeber 
Set Decoration by
Emil Poulsen 

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Also Known As:
"The Black Dream" - USA (literal English title)
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53 min (16 fps)
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Genre Case, 24 May 2006
Author: Cineanalyst

I've seen a few Danish silent films from the 1910s now, and it seems many of them, if not most of them, are pretty much the same. They're sensational melodramas involving a tragic woman, vamp or femme fatal type character, in addition to the good guy and the bad guy. And, there's usually a circus involved. This film, "The Black Dream", contains all of that. I find it interesting to compare these films as a genre study.

"The Black Dream" is a weak entry. The two stars of this one, Asta Nielsen and Valdemar Psilander, made similar films during their careers. They seem to overact more than usual here. The camera is static, as usual then, although the scene dissection is decent for 1911. There are some noticeable moments of unpolished film-making. One scene, I think, actually ends a second or two after the director had called cut. Overall, the film dawdles.

One thing to look for, though: the use of a mirror in one scene to show action otherwise out of frame. This idea was taken further by August Bloom in another film from 1911, "Temptations of a Great City" (Ved Fængslets Port).

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