The Abyss

Afgrunden

  • Director

    Urban Gad

  • With

    Asta Nielsen, Robert Dinesen, Poul Reumert

  • Denmark 1910. 37min

  • Digital

  • English subtitles

  • With live piano accompaniment

Asta Nielsen plays a woman in an erotic dilemma in her screen debut The Abyss, the tale of a young woman who leaves her fiancée for a circus star. In comic and tragic mode – sowing the seeds for her provocative persona – Nielsen gives an arresting performance that culminates in a sensual rope dance displaying what Béla Balázs called her ‘spiritualised eroticism [which] is demonically dangerous, since it works at a distance through all of her clothes’.

Digitally restored in 2004 by Danske Filminstitut.

+ The ABC of Love

Das Liebes ABC

  • Director

    Magnus Stifter

  • With

    Asta Nielsen, Ludwig Trautmann, Magnus Stifter

  • Germany 1916. 42min

  • Digital

  • English subtitles

  • With live piano accompaniment

Romantic comedy The ABC of Love is a comic showcase for Nielsen’s skills in male impersonation and genderplay. Here, thirtysomething Nielsen plays a teenage girl who teaches her young suitor how to be the man of her dreams, by dressing up in trousers herself.

Restoration of reconstructed version from 2011 by Danske Filminstitut.

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