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Asta Nielsen

Denmark, 1968 (MIFF 1991, Asta Nielsen Retrospective)

Director: Asta Nielsen, Poul Reumert

In 1968, Asta Nielsen made a short documentary of her career with Poul Reumert, who played Mr Rudolf in The Abyss. In the final scene she sits among the art treasures of her Copenhagen apartment and says, 'I am only waiting to die,' a single tear trickling down her cheek. After the scene was shot she is said to have told the cameraman, 'I hope you got that. I don't think I have another screen tear !eft in me."' - Robert C Allen, Sight & Sound, Autumn. 1973

See also...


USA, 1920
"Dip the flags before her, dip the flags before her, for she is unique." - Bela Balazs, after seeing Nielsen play the death of Hamlet. ... "In 1920 Nielsen formed her own production company, Art Film… More »

The Abyss

Denmark, 1910
Asta Nielsen's first film, in 1910. ... "She is all! She is the drunkard's vision and the lonely man's dream... ' She laughs like a girl completely happy, and her eyes know of things so tender and sh… More »

Poor Jenny

Germany, 1912
An excellent example of Nielsen's early films. In it she plays a scrub-girl seduced by a heartless cad. ... More »

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