Friday, January 14, 2011

Asta Nielsen in Afgrunden (1910)

When slender Asta Nielsen looks across to her gaucho lover, rope in hand, something exciting is imminent. Even today, glimpsed on YouTube, the sinuous dance she performs is still a knock-out – although cinema audiences first saw it in 1910. The Danish film in which it appears – Afgrunden (The Abyss) – was a sensation, so much so that screenings were banned in a number of the United States. {Read the complete article}