The Abyss

Urban Gad, 1910, 38 min
Magda, a piano teacher, meets Knud, a parson’s son, who invites her to spend the summer at his parents’ parsonage. When a travelling circus stops in the village, Magda leaves the meek Knud for the dashing circus rider Rudolf. But circus life with Rudolf quickly turns out to be anything but happy, and Magda comes to a tragic end.

The preserved material is characterized by chemical degradation in several places, which can disturb the film experience. The famous dancing scene was also marked by degradation, until material from the Swedish film cenorship was found. Now, the dancing scene appears to be in better shape than the rest of the film, based on content that wasn''t meant for public display in Sweden.

English subtitles.

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