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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Silent gen
24 April 2002 | by (DK) – See all my reviews

A man is arrested and think it was the woman, who promise to help him, who betrayed him, he escape from the prison and as a bill he must get out of the world. Benjamin Christensen was a master of the silent era. With Carl Th. Dreyer he was the best known danes in the cinema-world, before von Trier.

This suspensor is amazing. A movie who is directed with a touch, as only a master can do it. Especially the way he used the shadows is perfect. A really silent masterpiece. Sad that there are, so few people who have seen it.


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