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The Woman Always Pays (1910)

Afgrunden (original title)
At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the ... See full summary »

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... 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
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At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the vicarage in Gjerslev. Outside the vicarage a circus troupe passes by, and Magda is saluted by the performer Rudolph Stern. In the night Rudolph climbs a ladder to Magda's bedroom. She tries to flee his advances, but after a hot kiss she surrenders, and runs away with him. Magda is hired as a dancer with Rudolph at the Empire Varieté. When Rudolph fondles a ballet dancer Magda gets furious, and starts a fight in front of the audience. Magda and Rudolph are fired. To earn some money Rudolph forces Magda to play the piano in a band at a garden restaurant. Knud turns up and recognizes her. Incognito he asks her for a private meeting. Magda thinks she is asked to sell her body and refuses, but Rudolph forces her to go. When Rudloph after a while interrupts and finds Magda with Knud, he gets furious and starts ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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18 April 1912 (USA)  »

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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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Edited into From Camille to Joan of Arc (1961) See more »

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The story is sensational and ends very dramatically
29 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

A big, two-reel feature picture, naturally acted, with Miss Asta Nielson in the leading role. She is well supported by a large cast. The story is perfectly clear and smooth, demanding no strain on the spectator's attention. It is extremely well photographed, and shows most delightful backgrounds, glimpses of street life in Copenhagen, and glimpses of a village street, with an old church tower, in rural Denmark; also other scenes, among them a wayside beer garden under a grove of pines. The story is sensational and ends very dramatically in a tense climax. It deals with passion in a clean handed, honest way. It opens with a meeting of a young man and woman, shows a glimpse of the courtship and carries us on through a married life without love, to the coming of the man, a circus performer, who excites passion in the wife. The rest of the picture shows a good deal of her sensational experiences with this man. Twice her husband tries in vain to recall her. Their last meeting comes by chance in the piney beer garden and results in a sensational struggle, in which the woman kills her paramour and is led away by the police. - The Moving Picture World, April 27, 1912


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