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Person

Lau Lauritzen Sr.

(1878 – 1938)

Director, screenwriter, actor. Born 13/3 1878 (Lauritz L.), deceased 2/7 1938 – at the age of 60. Married 1° to actress Hulda Lauritzen (born Christiansen) with whom he had a son, Lau Lauritzen Jr. (1910-1977), 2° with Ulla Poulsen (1895-1951) - later divorced.

After a short military career, he made his acting debut at Aarhus Teater around 1907, where he had an engagement for a few years. Then he came to Casino and Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, where he got the opportunity to try his hand as a stage director.

Lau Lauritzen entered the world of film in 1911, partly as an actor and partly as a screenwriter. Until the end of 1913 he was seen sporadically in various roles, mainly at Nordisk Film. From 1914 he got a permanent position at Nordisk and gradually began to direct. Although he was still on the cast list in various films - including the lead role in the ballet film "Balleteusens Hævn" (Alexander Christian, 1914) - and wrote scripts for other directors, the position as director occupied more and more of his time. ‘Herberg for Hjemløse’, which premiered on 2 November 1914, is likely to be Lau''s directorial debut.

In the period 1914-1919 he directed more than 200 films for Nordisk. None of them were spectacular dramas or erotic melodramas, which August Blom, Robert Dinesen, Holger-Madsen and the other directors took care of, but instead short farces and comedies, which his son Lau Jr. describes as "… always lively, always mediated by a mood which alternated between baroque, good-natured, satirical and not least compassionate" (from "50 aar i dansk film", 1956).

Lau Sr. had an ensemble of popular comic actors, who appeared in countless of his films: Lauritz Olsen, Oscar Stribolt , Frederik Buch, Ingeborg Bruhn Bertelsen, Rasmus Christiansen, Astrid Krygell , Kate Fabian, Christian Schrøder, Agnes Andersen - and not least Carl Schenstrøm – the later Fyrtaarnet in the series of features with Fyrtaarnet & Bivognen (Pat & Patachon or Long & Short).

In 1920 he got a position at Palladium, at the time a Swedish-owned company, and made six films in his first year. Shortly after that, Palladium fell into Danish hands, and on 17 October 1921 the company premiered "Film, Flirt og Forlovelse" - the first Pat & Patachon film with Carl Schenstrøm as Pat and Harald ''Miehe'' Madsen as Patachon. The comedy duo was Lau''s invention, and their films became hugely popular and successful - not only in Denmark, but also in large parts of Europe. The films became a pure gold mine for Palladium. In total the company made 29 silent Pat & Patachon films and two with sound.

‘Don Quixote’ (based on Cervantes'' novel) from 1926 was Lau''s most ambitious film artistically and according to his son, Lau Jr., his greatest experience as a film director. The exterior filming took place in Spain over 8 months, and no expenses were spared on either set design or costumes.

Lau made a handful of sound films after the Pat & Patachon era and was working on a new film at ASA when he collapsed from cardiac arrest.

Literature: Lau Lauritzen, Jr.: Lau Lauritzen, Sr. - in "50 aar i dansk film", published in 1956 in celebration of Nordisk Films Kompagni''s 50th anniversary (ed. Balling, Kragh-Jacobsen and Sevel).
Filmography
Title Year Function Category
Fy og Bi på Eventyr 1955 Direction Anthology
Glade dage 1954 Direction Anthology
Pas paa tænderne 1954 Direction DK/Commercial
Her er vi igen 1952 Direction Anthology
Giftes - nej Tak! 1936 Direction DK/Feature
Provinsen kalder 1935 Direction, Script DK/Feature
De bør forelske Dem 1935 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Barken Margrethe 1934 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Med fuld Musik 1933 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Københavnere 1933 Direction DK/Feature
He, She and Hamlet 1932 Direction, Script DK/Feature
In the Army 1932 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Lumpenkavaliere 1932 Script Feature
Long and Short invent the Gunpowder 1931 Direction DK/Feature
William Tell and Son 1930 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Beware of the Girls 1930 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Mannequins 1929 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Detectives 1929 Direction DK/Feature
Clever Cannibals 1929 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Film Heroes 1928 Direction DK/Feature
Strength and Beauty 1928 Direction, Script DK/Feature
At the North Sea 1927 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Thunderstones 1927 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The demon boxer 1926 Direction DK/Feature
Don Quixote 1926 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Wolf Hunters 1926 Direction DK/Feature
Millionaires 1925 Direction DK/Feature
The Bilberries 1925 Direction DK/Feature
The smugglers 1924 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Luck 1924 Direction, Script DK/Feature
At the Mediterranian 1924 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The mill 1924 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Lodgers of Seventh Heaven 1923 Direction DK/Feature
Can love be cured? 1923 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The Refound Daughter 1923 Direction DK/Feature
The run-away bride 1923 Direction, Script DK/Feature
He, She, and Hamlet 1922 Direction DK/Feature
Among merry musicians 1922 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Landligger - Idyl - Vandgang 1922 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Han er Mormon 1922 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hans Kones Mand 1922 Direction DK/Short fiction
Sun, summer and students 1922 Direction DK/Feature
The Peacemaker 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Film, flirt and film stars 1921 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Hans Ungdomsbrud 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kärlek och hypnotism 1921 Direction Feature
Love and Burglars 1921 Direction, Script Feature
Rejsen til Maanen 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Silkesstrumpan 1921 Direction Feature
Kærlighed og Fuglekvidder 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Amatørdetektiven 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kæledæggen 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Oh! Uncle! 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
De livlige Statuer 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
Ungkarleliv 1921 Direction, Script DK/Feature
Harems-Mystik 1921 Direction DK/Feature
The Chicken Chaser 1921 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Roast Hare 1921 Direction, Script, Production DK/Short fiction
Be mine - for tomorrow 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Gallant Bear Hunter 1920 Direction, Script Feature
Their Silver Wedding 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den fattige Millionær 1920 Direction DK/Feature
The lost baby 1920 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Den forvandlede Don Juan 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
En Fiasko 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Love and Superstition 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Jeg elsker Dem, Tusnelda 1920 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Hun fik ham ikke 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den lille Don Juan 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hans bedre Halvdel 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den standhaftige Spillemand 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den tapre Skrædder 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Frøken Larsens Karriere 1920 Direction DK/Feature
Bægersvingeren 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
De keder sig paa Landet 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
De Nygifte 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
Evas Forlovelse 1920 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Racer 1920 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Sweet Little Thing 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hot on the Trail 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Football Calamities 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Heart Thief 1919 Direction DK/Feature
The Master Hypnotist 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kærlighed og Kontanter 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
An Old Man''s Fancy 1919 Direction DK/Feature
Mandens Overmand 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Har De ikke set Cecilie? 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Han skal duellere 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den skønne Ubekendte 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Manden, der gøer 1919 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
A Printer''s Error 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Han vil til Filmen 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Studentmagersvenden 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Har været med et Brev i Postkassen 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Livsforsikringsagenten 1919 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
The Blackleg 1919 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Skørtejægeren 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den Sømand han maa lide 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Lotterisedlen 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
En forfløjen Ægtemand 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Klavervirtuosen 1919 Direction DK/Feature
Maharajaens Yndlingsflamme 1919 Direction DK/Feature
Nalles Børnehave 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Mekanik-Pigen 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Mesterdetektiverne 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
De tossede Mandfolk 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Godsejeren 1919 Direction DK/Feature
Med og uden Kone 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Fugleskræmslet 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den store Gevinst 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Boksernes Konge 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Nelly''s Knights 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kærlighed og Lotteri 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kærlighedsdigteren 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Mælkemandens Hest 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hans Kones Veninde 1919 Direction DK/Feature
En kriminel Historie 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Agentens Tvillinger 1919 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hendes Mands Forlovede 1919 Direction DK/Feature
Byens Herkules 1919 Direction DK/Feature
The Virtuous One 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kærlighed og Pædagogik 1918 Direction DK/Feature
Miss Theodor 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hatten med skatten 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Mirakeltjeneren 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
She Writes on a Machine 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Naar Ungdommen raser 1918 Direction DK/Feature
The Henpecked Husband’s Birthday 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
What cured her 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Ung Pige i Huset 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
En uheldig Tyveknægt 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Naar man er ung og forelsket 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hvis er Barnet? 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hendes stille Sværmeri 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Bunkebryllup 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Ned med Kærligheden 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hjertebetvingeren 1918 Direction DK/Feature
Den firbenede Sherlock Holmes 1918 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Hjerterkonge 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Jealous Jim 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Ægteskabshaderne 1918 Direction DK/Feature
Kærlighedsspekulanten 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Reservestatisten 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Straalemesteren 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den firbenede Barnepige 1918 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Damernes Ridder 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
His Phony Son 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Da Tøffelhelten generalstrejkede 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Ægtemand for en Time 1918 Direction DK/Short fiction
Pigespejderen 1918 Direction DK/Feature
En moderne Landevejsridder 1918 Direction, Script DK/Feature
The gentleman chauffeur 1918 Script DK/Feature
My Sister-in-law from America 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Oh, those women 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
H.P. hænger paa ''en 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den ny Kokkepige 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Askepot 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
A nice morning 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Sufflørens Stedfortræder 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den megen Kærlighed 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Borrowed plumes 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hyrdepigens Kærlighed 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
De forheksede Støvler 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Abemennesket 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den glemsomme Professor 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Ung og forelsket 1917 Direction DK/Feature
Professorens dyrebare Krukke 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Et fremmeligt Barn 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den forfulgte Brudgom 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
A Sorry Knight 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
En uheldig Debut 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
I Want to Speak to Johnson 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
A Lively Boarding-House 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Diskenspringeren 1917 Direction DK/Short fiction
Dance Frenzy 1917 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Oh! That Cheese! 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
A Lively Night 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Umbrella Shop 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den forrykte Komponist 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
A Lively Dream 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Love Potion 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kærlighed og Spøgelser 1916 Direction DK/Feature
Den livstrætte Theodor 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
I tjenstligt Øjemed 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Vidunderhunden 1916 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
En uheldig Skygge 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Arvetanten 1916 Direction DK/Feature
Sommer-Kærlighed 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
En nydelig Onkel 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Studentens glade Liv 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
En dejlig Dag 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Det bertillonske System 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Swank 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Trolden i Æsken 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
En skindød Ægtemand 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
The way to get thin 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Confetti 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Det gaadefulde Væsen 1916 Direction DK/Feature
Susie''s birthday 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Kærlighed og Skræddergæld 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
A doggie story 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
For sale 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
En sød Logerende 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Gullasch Grossererens Vogter 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den værdifulde Husassistent 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
The trumpeter and the author 1916 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
En landlig Uskyldighed 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
En munter Klinik 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Skinsyge-Digteren 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Min Onkel Generalkonsulen 1916 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den ædle Skrædder 1916 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
The mid-night sun 1916 Gamle Schönherr, Franz'' far, mineinsp. DK/Feature
Three Men and a Maid 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Moving Day 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
The amorous detective 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Equal rights 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hvem var hun? 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
The dream 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den skønne Ubekendte 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Suzanne in the bath 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Det blaa Vidunder 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hans Kusine 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
A honeymoon joke 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Uniformens Magt 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
En søvnig Brudgom 1915 Direction DK/Feature
Held i Uheld 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Carl Alstrup og hans Tvillingebro''r 1915 Direction DK/Feature
She would be a scout 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
His new grey trousers 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Put me amongst the girls 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Love scenes 1915 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Oh! Oh! Suzanne 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
A thief in the night 1915 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
The Skipper''s Ghost 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
The Wrong Man 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Tyvepak 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Hjertefejlen 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Helten fra Østafrika 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
To Mand frem for en Enke 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Alle Kneb gælder 1915 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Naughty boy 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Cowboymillionæren 1915 Direction DK/Feature
Love in a Pantechnicon 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
Peter''s wife''s mother 1915 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
En Vandgang 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
En Kone søges 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
En Skilsmisse 1915 Direction, Script DK/Short fiction
Carl Alstrup’s Love, ltd. 1915 Direction DK/Feature
Ada''s hero 1915 Direction DK/Short fiction
A Welcome Lodger 1914 Direction DK/Short fiction
Den kulørte Slavehandler 1914 Direction DK/Feature
The new tutor 1914 Direction DK/Short fiction
None could resist 1914 Direction DK/Short fiction
Det sidste Møde 1914 Løjtnant Sarauw DK/Short fiction
Balleteusens Hævn 1914 Riccardo, solodanser DK/Feature
Count Dahlborg’s Secret 1914 Appearance DK/Short fiction
For his country''s sake 1914 Appearance DK/Short fiction
The swindlers 1914 Script DK/Short fiction
Jack''s engagement 1914 Script DK/Short fiction
The eternal barrier 1914 Appearance DK/Feature
Count Zarka 1914 Appearance DK/Feature
Den bortførte Brud 1913 Appearance DK/Short fiction
Kærlighed gør stærk 1913 P. Taffdrup, ingeniør på værftet DK/Feature
The secret of the bureau 1913 Løjtnant von Høfft DK/Feature
The Gambler''s Wife 1913 Ferrari, impressario DK/Feature
Atlantis 1913 Appearance DK/Feature
Kun en Tigger 1912 Georges Helmer, direktør DK/Feature
Den svundne Lykke 1912 Valreas DK/Feature
The Girl Behind the Counter 1911 Script DK/Feature
A Salvation Army Girl 1911 Løwe, grosserer DK/Short fiction
Christian Schrøder i Panoptikon 1911 Appearance DK/Short fiction
Vildledt Elskov 1911 Charles DK/Feature
A dream with a lesson 1911 Appearance DK/Short fiction
Artists 1911 Script DK/Feature
Buttons and hooks 1911 Appearance DK/Short fiction
The Price of Beauty 1911 Appearance DK/Feature