Ned Med Vaabnene (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Baroness Bertha Von Suttner, this Danish anti-war melodrama was given a literate script by future director Carl Dreyer. Von Suttner's story was the heartfelt tale of war widow Martha Althaus (Augusta Blad), whose worst fears are about to come true when her second husband (Olaf F√łness) is called into battle. Althaus is a vociferous pacifist but must heed the nation's call to arms. He does return during an armistice, but the nations cannot agree to a peace and the war continues. Again he returns, wounded but alive, only to die in the ensuing cholera epidemic. Released to a saber-rattling Europe about to go up in flames, Ned Med Vaabnene was either heavily censored or outright banned in most areas. It did open in New York, where the anti-war film was misused to promote isolationism. Most prints of the film opened with an introduction by the Baroness Von Suttner herself. Visibly ill, she died before the film's release.