Mists of the past

A.W. Sandberg, Denmark, 1925

107 min.DK/FeatureDrama, Historical drama, AdaptionsSilent films

The year is 1820. A young, promising artist, Olaf Malm, has settled in Rome, Europe’s centre of art at the time. He is in love with Sigrid, but class differences make their love impossible. Olaf Malm dies in a tragic accident; he allegedly drowns in the Tiber, but his body is never found. Sigrid gives birth to their lovechild, and twenty years later history repeats itself: their son, Henry, who has never known his real parents, loves a woman who is far above him in social rank. Fate brings him back to Rome, where his parents loved and lost each other many years before.

The film is based on Vilhelm Bergsøe's 1867-novel by the same name. The Danish subtitles have been prepared on the basis of the original manuscript.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Fra Piazza del Popolo
Danish title Fra Piazza del Popolo
International titles Im Banne der ewigen Stadt, Wenn zwei sich lieben, La loi d'amour, Från Piazza del Popolo
Director A.W. Sandberg
Screenplay Sam Ask, Poul Knudsen
Based on Efter Wilhelm Bergsøes roman af samme navn.
Director of Photography Louis Larsen, Chresten Jørgensen
Production designer Carlo Jacobsen
Appearances Olaf Fønss, Philip Bech, Henny Geermann, Henry Seemann
Production country Denmark
Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Kinografen
Technical info 3305 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 30.11.1925
Cinemas Palads


Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Kinografen


Direction A.W. Sandberg


Script Sam Ask
Script Poul Knudsen


Cinematography Louis Larsen
Cinematography Chresten Jørgensen

Production design

Production design Carlo Jacobsen


Olaf Malm Olaf Fønss
Christian Philip Bech
Sigrid Olaisen Henny Geermann
Sir Charles Vernon Henry Seemann
Etatsråd Gram Egill Rostrup
Harriet, Grams datter Karina Bell
D'Acorda Robert Schmidt
Benedetto, d'Acordas tjener Torben Meyer
Henry Vernon Einar Hanson
Laura Lilian Järnefeldt
Brandt Peter Nielsen
Frederik From Carsten Wodschow
Marietta Karen Caspersen

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