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Klovnen (1917)

A successful clown is abandoned by his wife for a count.


A.W. Sandberg


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Credited cast:
Valdemar Psilander ... The Clown - Joe Higgins
Gudrun Houlberg Gudrun Houlberg ... Daisy
Peter Fjelstrup Peter Fjelstrup ... Bunding, the circus owner
Amanda Lund Amanda Lund ... Mrs. Bunding
Robert Schmidt Robert Schmidt ... Count Henri
Erik Holberg Erik Holberg ... Mr. Wilson, the impresario
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Blumenfeldt Daniel Blumenfeldt
Axel Boesen Axel Boesen
Aage Hertel
Peter Jørgensen Peter Jørgensen
Aage Lorentzen Aage Lorentzen
Ebba Lorentzen Ebba Lorentzen


A successful clown is abandoned by his wife for a count.

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7 May 1917 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Az élet komédiása See more »

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Nordisk Film Kompagni See more »
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Remade as Klovnen (1926) See more »

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A Merryman Moping Mum
12 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Valdemar Psilander is the small circus' leading clown. Gudrun Houlber, the beautiful bareback rider and he are in love. So, when he gets an offer from the great impressario, Erik Holberg, he takes along Gudrun and her parents. Within a few years, his act has made him famous and rich. One evening, he discovers that Gudrun and Count Robert Schmidt are having an affair. After she offers the usual banal apologies, he asks her if she loves Schmidt; she says she does, so he sends her to him.

Director A.W. Sandberg's movie of a clown suffering for a lost love -- don't they all? -- is a wonderfully well produced movie for the year it was made, with a fine assortment of shots, some unusual compositions (Psilander discovers the affair in a mirror at his dressing table), and some excellent acting. Sandberg seems to have been dissatisfied with the movie, because he made a longer version nine years later that was almost twice as long, but this one, telling the story almost purely from Psilander's viewpoint is a fine and effective version of the tale.

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