The Abyss (1910 film)
"Gaucho dance" scene
|Directed by||Urban Gad|
|Produced by||Hjalmar Davidsen|
|Written by||Urban Gad|
The Abyss (Danish: Afgrunden), also known as Woman Always Pays, is a 1910 Danish silent black-and-white drama film, written and directed by Urban Gad. The lead performance and natural acting by Asta Nielsen led to her international stardom. Because of the overt eroticism of Nielsen's performance, the film was censored in Norway and Sweden.
Knud, a vicar's son meets Magda, a piano teacher, on a tram. He falls in love with her and introduces her to his parents. She refuses to go with them to the Sunday service and convinces him to go to the Circus with her. She dances with the performers and at night, one of them, Rudolf comes to seduce her. They run away on horseback. Magda is not happy with Rudolf who keeps flirting with other girls, but she cannot leave him, despite Knud's efforts.
- Asta Nielsen as Magda Vang
- Robert Dinesen as Knud Svane, Magda's fiancé
- Poul Reumert as Rudolf Stern, circus performer
- Hans Neergaard as Peder Svane, vicar
- Hulda Didrichsen as the Vicar's wife
- Emilie Sannom as Lilly d'Estrelle, singer
- Oscar Stribolt as Waiter
- Arne Weel as garden guest
- Johannes Fønss as garden guest
- Torben Meyer
- Engberg, Marguerite (March 1993). "The Erotic Melodrama in Danish Silent Films 1910-1918". Film History. 5 (1): 63–67.
- Review, synopsis and link to watch the film: "A cinema history". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- Afgrunden, at the Danish Film Institute
- The Abyss is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- The Woman Always Pays on IMDb
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