Asta Nielsen’s heartbreaking swan song was her first and last talkie.
Asta Nielsen, Ery Bos, Ellen Schwanneke
Germany 1932. 87min
Asta Nielsen’s first sound role was her final dramatic film role. In this tragic romance, she plays Vera, a widowed sculptor who falls for a younger man. But will her daughters, and society at large, endorse their relationship? Watch Nielsen triumph in her short-lived transition to sound. Siegfried Kracauer wrote: ‘The language has hardly ever been used in such a cinematic manner.’