Tag Archives: 1910s

The President / Præsidenten (1919) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Richard Christensen, Christian Engelstoft, Hallander Helleman, Drama

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The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant from an aristocrat who didn’t want to marry her. The same fate happened to her mother, although he wasn’t allowed to marry because of a vow he had given to his father who had to marry under rank after the girl got pregnant. As expected the sentence for his daughter is death, he asks for a pardon, but this isn’t granted although he is promoted. So he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs.

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Civilization (1915) Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince, Howard C. Hickman, Enid Markey, Lola May, Drama

Civilization (1915)
Allegorical film about peace. A king starts a war, many of the women are against it, people are pressed into service. A count has constructed a submarine and gets the order to sink an ocean liner, that is also carrying – supposedly – ammunition for the enemy. The count refuses to fire the torpedos, and sinks the submarine. He survives, but in a limbo between death and life where he meets Jesus, who takes him over to preach peace. Naturally the king arrests him and sentences him to death for treason, but then Jesus shows him the real face of war.

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