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Release Date:
April 1914 (USA) See more »
En dansk Sensations-Film
On the brink of war, Lt. van Hauen is summoned to take command of the cruiser, but due to unforeseen events, he is wrongfully convicted as a traitor. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Benjamin Christensen ... Løjtnant van Hauen
Karen Caspersen ... Fru van Hauen
Otto Reinwald ... Ældste søn
Fritz Lamprecht ... Kontreadmiral van Hauen
Amanda Lund ... Gamle Jane, barnepige
Hermann Spiro ... Grev Spinelli
Bjørn Spiro ... Yngste søn, Johnny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Løwaas ... Flådeofficer
Holger Rasmussen ... Flådeofficer
Svend Rindom ... Lærer
Robert Schmidt ... Sagfører
Finn Wennerwald ... Flådeofficer

Directed by
Benjamin Christensen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Benjamin Christensen 
Laurids Skands  manuscript

Cinematography by
Emil Dinesen 
Production Design by
Benjamin Christensen 

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Also Known As:
"Det hemmelighedsfulde X" - Denmark (original title)
"Sealed Orders" - International (English title) (DVD title)
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84 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Amazing film, 1 August 2006
Author: poulbro from Denmark

A wonderful silent film! This is one of the most innovative silent films ever. The danish director Benjamin Christensen made his director debut with this film that he financed himself. With his own company Dansk Biografkompagni, he started filming this film, that he wrote over one night. The plot in the film is good but not great. What makes this film so interesting is how Benjamin Christensen used darkness vs. light to create an atmosphere. Before this film a lack of light was considered as a lack of talent, but Benjamin proved that shadows can be very effective.

A great film

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