The Soul of the Violin

Holger-Madsen, Denmark, 1919

46 min.DK/FeatureDrama, MelodramaSilent films

A young violinist, Emanuel, dreams of becoming the best in the world, and gets the full support of his mother, who has sacrificed everything for his brilliant career. When she is on her deathbed, he’s faced with a terrible choice: According to an old legend, his violin will have the most beautiful sound if it catches the dying mother’s last breath. But instilling a soul into the violin comes with a high price: His mother’s soul won’t find peace for as long as he uses the instrument. How far will the artist go for the sake of ambition and art?
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Original title En Kunstners Gennembrud
Danish title En Kunstners Gennembrud
International titles Der Ruf aus dem Jenseits, Die Seele der Verstorbenen, Die Seele eines Toten, Ein Violinen-Klagenlied, L' âme de la morte, La alma de la muerta, A alma da defunta, Den dödas själ, Den dødes sjæl
Other titles Den Dødes Sjæl
Director Holger-Madsen
Screenplay Frederik Jacobsen, Peter Nielsen
Director of Photography Marius Clausen
Appearance Tronier Funder, Marie Dinesen, Johannes Ring, Henny Lauritzen
Production country Denmark
Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama
International sales
Technical info 1053 meter, 35 mm, Normal, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 10.04.1919
Cinemas Panoptikon
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Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction Holger-Madsen


Script Frederik Jacobsen
Script Peter Nielsen


Cinematography Marius Clausen


Emanuel Restes Tronier Funder
Karin Restes, Emanuels mor Marie Dinesen
Alexander Romanos, guvernør Johannes Ring
Guvernørens frue Henny Lauritzen
Ilka, guvernør-datter Ingeborg Spangsfeldt
Gallis, læge Anton de Verdier
Ivan Cortez, en gammel musiker Frederik Jacobsen

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