The Pierrot

Hjalmar Davidsen, Denmark, 1917

74 min.DK/FeatureDrama, MelodramaSilent films

Gross misunderstandings result in the young actor Jean leaving his wife and child. Years later, the family meets again in the theatre. Jean enters the stage as Pjerrot, whilst his wife and their daughter sit in the audience. The daughter slips behind the stage unnoticed, where suddenly a fire breaks out. Jean, dressed as a clown, must plunge into the flames in a heroic attempt to save both his marriage and the life of his estranged daughter.

The role of Jean is played by Gunnar Tolnæs, who was Nordisk Film’s main star after the death of his colleague Valdemar Psilander. He appeared in 27 Danish silent films.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Pjerrot
Danish title Pjerrot
International titles Der Narr seiner Liebe, Pierrot, Pierrot
Director Hjalmar Davidsen
Screenplay Valdemar Andersen
Director of Photography Louis Larsen
Appearance Gunnar Tolnæs, Zanny Petersen, Frederik Jacobsen, Erik Holberg
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 1549 meter, 35 mm, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 10.12.1917
Cinemas Kosmorama (København), Vesterbro Teater samt Vesterbro Teater
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Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction Hjalmar Davidsen


Script Valdemar Andersen


Cinematography Louis Larsen


Jean Riot Gunnar Tolnæs
Gabrielle Riot, Jeans hustru Zanny Petersen
Gamle Layette, Gabrielles far Frederik Jacobsen
Garoche, direktør Erik Holberg
Appearance Ove Kühl
Appearance Franz Skondrup
Appearance Agnes Lorentzen
Barnet Ulla Nielsen
Appearance Peter Jørgensen

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