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For aabent Tæppe (1912)

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A husband and wife play the roles of Othello and Desdemona on stage, and find themselves in a similar situation in their own lives.

Director:

August Blom
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Credited cast:
Valdemar Psilander ... Einar Lowe / Othello
Thyra Reimann Thyra Reimann ... Maria Lowe / Desdemona
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Svend Bille Svend Bille
Nikolai Brechling Nikolai Brechling ... Preben Winge - Actor
Otto Detlefsen Otto Detlefsen
Julie Henriksen Julie Henriksen
Frederik Jacobsen Frederik Jacobsen
Otto Lagoni Otto Lagoni
Doris Langkilde Doris Langkilde
Henny Lauritzen Henny Lauritzen
Aage Lorentzen Aage Lorentzen
Zanny Petersen Zanny Petersen
Franz Skondrup Franz Skondrup
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A husband and wife are preparing to act the roles of Othello and Desdemona in a play. While the wife is in her dressing room, she has to fight off unwelcome advances from one of the other actors. She also receives flowers from another admirer, and after rehearsal, she meets this man for a romantic interlude. The rejected actor follows her, and then proceeds to tell the already anxious husband what he has seen. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

Denmark

Release Date:

12 May 1912 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Desdemona See more »

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Nordisk Film See more »
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Silent
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Life Reflecting Theatre
30 October 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

"Desdemona" is a conceptually interesting film, although, as to be expected, it's very dated, especially in its static camera positioning--taking the proscenium arch stance throughout most of the picture. Additionally, the Kino print is of poor quality. In the film, Valdemar Psilander, the major Danish screen actor of the day, plays an actor who's preparing to play Othello on stage. In his off-stage life, he becomes enraged with Othello-like jealousy, which explodes on stage. The idea is that life is reflecting theatre and vise versa.

Mise-en-scène gets much more attention than camera-work in "Desdemona". Especially interesting is the use of mirrors, which take on an associative nature with cinema in Scandanavian films during this period. In this film, they nicely underscore the point of life and theatre reflecting each other. In another film from 1911, "Temptations of a Great City" (Ved Fængslets Port), the same director, August Blom, used mirrors to show action out of frame, which compensated some for the lack of camera movement and editing in the film. Anyhow, there are some good ideas within this short film, although they're better exploited in later incarnations with the benefit of advanced film-making.


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