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Blind Justice (1916)

Hævnens Nat (original title)
A criminal escapes from prison, however a betrayal leads to his second arrest.
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Benjamin Christensen ...
Strong Henry / Strong John Sikes (US version) (as Benjmain Christie)
Karen Caspersen ...
Ann (as Karen Sandberg)
Peter Fjelstrup ...
Charles Wilken ...
Ulla Johansen
Jon Iversen
Aage Schmidt
Mathilde Nielsen
Carl Gottschalksen
Grethe Brandes
Elith Pio
Fritz Lamprecht
Osvald Helmuth
Otto Reinwald
Jørgen Lund
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A simple-minded circus strongman, John Sikes, has been wrongly accused of a crime committed by Wilken. On the run with his infant son, he enters an affluent house and seeks help from Ann, but is taken captive and imprisoned. Fourteen years pass. Ann has married Dr. Richard West. John, a broken man, is released early for good behaviour. He goes to find his son Robert at the orphanage, but the boy was adopted years before. A flashback shows the baby being adopted by Ann. "Slim" Sam Morton runs a ring of thieves specializing in dog-napping. John knows one of them from prison. One of the gang sells a dog to Dr. West. He also steals the keys to West's country house, The Lindens. The thieves burgle the house. In the sack of loot, John finds a box belonging to Ann, the woman he believes betrayed him years before... Written by David Carless

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At the American premiere in New York City, director Christensen was invited by the warden of nearby Sing Sing Prison to screen the film there and did so. See more »

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Handsomely Made Nonsense
11 January 2017 | by (Crystal Palace) – See all my reviews

A handsome looking but overlong drama stylishly directed by the great Benjamin Christensen and immaculately photographed by cameraman Johan Ankerstjerne, with whom Christensen later collaborated on his celebrated semi-documentary on witchcraft, 'Haxan' (1922). The action of 'Hævnens Nat' spans 15 years; there's an awful lot going on and the film meanders somewhat before eventually arriving at a superbly lit but preposterous climax in the large elegant house designed by Hjalmar Klæbel in which women get pounced upon, doors broken down, and so on. The hammiest performance in the film is ironically by Christensen himself as the hard done-by 'Strong Henry'.


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