(1912 – 1972)
Director and producer. Born 14 March 1912. Died 7 July 1972, at age 60. Son of actress Christel Holck (1887-1969) and Jacob Jacobsen (1865-1955), a theatre and cinema manager. Long-time marriage to the director Annelise Hovmand, divorced in 1966.
At age 17, Jacobsen was hired by the distribution company First National. A few years later, he became an assistant to A.W. Sandberg and Lau Lauritzen Sr., two directors at the Palladium film company, where he learned the craft from the ground up. Spending a few years at film studios in London and Paris, Jacobsen made his directorial debut in 1938 with "Under Byens Tage," a project he took over from Sandberg, who had suddenly fallen ill and died. Jacobsen directed 14 features for Palladium over the next years, before he started producing his own films in 1947.
In 1950, he founded his own company and studio, Flamingo Studio, located in Nærum north of Copenhagen, and in 1954 he got a cinema licence for the Triangel theatre. Though his company performed respectably in the 1950s, business went downhill in the 1960s after Annelise Hovmand's "Frihedens pris" (1960). In 1966, because of poor finances, Jacobsen had give up his cinema licence, which was taken over by film maker Mogens Skot-Hansen, who also acquired Flamingo Studio, where he started producing short films under the banner of Laterna Film.
Jacobsen directed such artistically worthy and original films as "Otte Akkorder" / "Eight Chords" (1944), "Soldaten og Jenny" / "The Soldier and Jenny" (1947), "3 Aar efter" / "Three Years after" (1948) and, most notably, the chamber drama "En fremmed banker på" / "A Stranger Knocks" (1959). The film led to a clash with the censors, who demanded that the highly erotic scenes between Birgitte Federspiel and Preben Lerdorff Rye be cut. Jacobsen eventually had to accept a compromise and 17 seconds of footage were cut.
In the mid-1960s, before selling Flamingo Studio, Jacobsen acquired the movie rights to Isak Dinesen's "Out of Africa," which he worked hard to realise as a lavish international production. Several stars were mentioned for the lead, including Vanessa Redgrave. Jacobsen and Hovmand even did a month of research in Kenya, but the project was too daunting for a small, struggling film company.
His foray into production left Jacobsen with significant debt, and job offers were not forthcoming. For a period, he made a living writing short stories for weekly magazines. In 1970, he briefly served as cinema director of Nørreport Bio. In the last years of his life, Jacobsen managed Merkur Teatret, a cinema owned by the flamboyant Danish tycoon Simon Spies.
|The judge||1966||Direction, Production||DK/Feature|
|Norden i flammer||1965||Script, Co-director||DK/Documentary|
|Fatal meeting||1964||Direction, Voiceover, Editing||DK/Short fiction|
|Dronningens vagtmester||1963||Direction, Executive producer||DK/Feature|
|A stranger knocks||1959||Direction, Cinematography, Producer||DK/Feature|
|Krudt og klunker||1958||Production||DK/Feature|
|Ingen tid til kærtegn||1957||Production||DK/Feature|
|Den store gav-tyv||1956||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Vi som går stjernevejen||1956||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Filmforum S 09||1955||Appearance||Audio recordings|
|Hvorfor stjæler barnet?||1955||Production||DK/Documentary|
|Den lille pige med svovlstikkerne||1953||Direction, Script, Production||DK/Short fiction|
|The secret of Treasure Island||1953||Direction||DK/Commercial|
|Problems to be solved||1952||Voiceover||DK/Documentary|
|Alt dette og Island med||1951||Direction, Production manager: Denmark and Norway||DK/Feature|
|Som sendt fra himlen||1951||Direction, Producer||DK/Feature|
|The needle||1951||Direction, Production||DK/Feature|
|A day at the radio station||1950||Direction, Production||DK/Documentary|
|My wife is innocent||1950||Direction, Production||DK/Feature|
|Frederick IX of Denmark||1949||Direction||DK/Documentary|
|Tre år efter||1948||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Next time it's you||1948||Direction, Voiceover, Production||DK/Documentary|
|Soldaten og Jenny||1947||Direction, Script, Production||DK/Feature|
|Lise kommer til Byen||1947||Sig selv||DK/Feature|
|Brevet fra Afdøde||1946||Direction||DK/Feature|
|The invisible army||1945||Direction, Stikker||DK/Feature|
|Mens Sagføreren sover||1945||Direction||DK/Feature|
|When the peace came||1945||Production||DK/Documentary|
|Three school friends||1944||Direction||DK/Feature|
|My dear wives||1943||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Som du vil ha' mig - !||1943||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Ballade i Nyhavn||1942||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Baby paa Eventyr||1942||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Tag det som en Mand - !||1941||Direction||DK/Feature|
|I de gode gamle Dage||1940||Direction||DK/Feature|
|En lille Tilfældighed||1939||Direction, Script||DK/Feature|
|Under Byens Tage||1938||Direction||DK/Feature|
|Med fuld Musik||1933||Dansende ung mand||DK/Feature|