Zapata’s Gang

Zapatas Bande

  • Director

    Urban Gad

  • With

    Asta Nielsen, Fred Immler

  • Germany 1913/14. 42min

  • Digital

  • English subtitles

  • With live piano accompaniment

Nielsen was perhaps surprisingly adept at broad comedy, though there’s always a transgressive twist. In Zapata’s Gang, she plays an actor, as she often would, in self-reflexive reference to her own celebrity. On location to shoot a film about bandits, Nielsen and her crew run into a real band of robbers who steal their clothes, forcing them to change into their outlaw costumes. While cross-dressed as a brigand, Nielsen gets involved with admirers of both sexes.

Restored in 2006 by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, digitised in 2014.

+ The Eskimo Baby

Das Eskimobaby

  • Director

    Walter Schmidthässler

  • With

    Asta Nielsen, Freddy Wingardh

  • Germany 1916/1918. 66min

  • Digital

  • English subtitles

  • With live piano accompaniment

The Eskimo Baby features one of Nielsen’s most full-throttle comic performances in the fish-out-of-water mode. In this romp that bears no relation to geographical authenticity, Nielsen plays a young Inuit woman brought to Berlin by an Arctic explorer, marvelling at the madness of big-city life.

Restored in 2000 by Danske Filminstitut and Deutsche Kinemathek.