Danish Film Institute to restore 400 silent films

The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has announced it plans to digitise Denmark’s silent films over the next few years.

In total, the DFI will restore 415 films and they will be made available through an online portal along with associated research articles. Of the 415 films, there are at least 50 that haven’t been seen since the silent era.

From the birth of cinema until the introduction of sound, Denmark was considered one of the world’s pioneers of the new medium. Their ‘Golden Age’, which lasted from 1910 – 1918, saw the birth of genre films like science fiction, film stars like Asta Nielsen, and some of the most groundbreaking films and techniques of the era. Sadly, throughout the 1920s many Danes went to Germany or Hollywood to make films, and the 1930s saw the introduction of sound, making it hard for foreign titles to find broad international success. You can read our series on Danish film history here. 

You can watch a scene involving Asta Nielsen in The Abyss (1910) below.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.