Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Det hemmelighedsfulde X (1914, Denmark)

Sealed Orders // Orders Under Seal // The Mysterious X // Das geheimnisvolle X
In 1913, Christensen assumed control of the small, Hellborg-based production company for which he worked and reorganized it as Dansk-Biograf Kompagnie. The first film he directed, Det hemmelighedsfulde X (The Mysterious X, 1914), was one of the most astonishing directorial debuts in film history; although a routine spy melodrama, the camerawork, cutting and art direction were revolutionary for the period. Christensen himself played the main role, as he did in his second film, Hævnens nat (Blind Justice, 1916).
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Writers: Benjamin Christensen, Laurids Skands (manuscript)
Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Caspersen and Otto Reinwald

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