The Abyss  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Afgrunden (The Abyss, 1910) is a Danish film. This film launched the career of Asta Nielsen, who soon became Europe's first great female film star and sex symbol. The film was an erotic melodrama, which soon became the preferred genre in early Danish Cinema. In 1911, Nordisk Film was the first of the major European companies to devote itself entirely to full-length feature films, which could be sold abroad profitably, as the technical and photographic quality impressed audiences. Yet, when exporting the films, the erotic element of the films needed to be toned down in order not to offend the working class audiences.

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