T. it.: L’abisso; Scen.: Peter Urban Gad; F.: Alfred Lind; Int.: Asta Nielsen (Magda Vang), Robert Dinesen (Knud Svane, il fidanzato), Poul Reumert (Rudolph Stern, il cowboy del circo), Hans Neergaard (il padre di Magda), Emilie Sannom (il trapezista), Arne Weel (un ospite in giardino), Oscar Stribolt (un cameriere), Hulda Didrichsen; Prod.: Hjalmar Davidsen per Kosmorama 35mm. L.: 630 m. D.: 35’ a 16 f/s. Bn.
Afgrunden is here presented in a digitally restored version. The inclusion of Swedish element, has dramatically improved quality of the central erotic dance sequence. The restoration is based itself on a Danish Film Institute 35mm preservation element from an original print and a second element discovered in the 1980s with the Swedish Television Archive, which appears to be a censorship cut. The two elements were scanned at 2K resolution and combined, leading to the insertion of 746 frames in which the Swedish element was superior, including 48 frames, which only existed in the Swedish element. The film was digitally repaired using image stabilization, light de-spotting and manual repair. Though the film is still in pretty bad shape, the current level of cleaning was chosen so as not to have to introduce new digital artifacts or the recolour of major sections of the film.
Thomas C. Christensen – Danske Filmmuseum