Den hvide Slavinde

Viggo Larsen, Denmark, 1907

8 min.DK/Short fictionSilent films

A young girl reads an ad in the newspaper and enthusiastically shows it to a young man, who cares for her. She leaves on the train; the young man gives her a carrier pigeon. At the end of the journey, she meets with a lady, who takes her to her house. The girl is given an evening dress and taken to a salon filled with revellers. She fights off their advances and is locked in her room. Realizing that she has ended up in a brothel, she sends off the pigeon with a message. The young man gets the message and arrives at the brothel with the police. He takes the girl away with him, but after the police have left, the remaining revellers cheerfully continue their debaucheries.
The earliest of Nordisk's white slave films, this short one-reeler already has the basic plot structure of all the following films in place: poor but honest girl is lured and trapped by white slavers acting under false pretenses; a young man who loves her manages to find her and liberate her from the brothel where she is held prisoner. This plot was probably lifted from Norwegian writer Elisabeth Schøyen's 1905 propangandistic novel Den hvide Slavinde with the significant difference that the rescue attempt fails and the unfortunate girl is sold off to the sultan; she is briefly liberated but ends up dying in obscurity, her corpse ignominiously used for dissection practice in a medical school.
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Original title Den hvide Slavinde
Danish title Den hvide Slavinde
Director Viggo Larsen
Screenplay Arnold Richard Nielsen
Director of Photography Axel Sørensen
Appearances Gerda Jensen, Viggo Larsen
Production country Denmark
Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Technical info 155 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 12.01.1907
Cinemas Biograf-Theatret


Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni


Direction Viggo Larsen


Script Arnold Richard Nielsen


Cinematography Axel Sørensen


Den unge pige Gerda Jensen
Pigens forlovede Viggo Larsen

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