Slottet (1964)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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A beautiful young countess (Malene Schwarz) is left with a mounting pile of bills and a manor in need of repair when her father dies. She considers selling it to her no-good, alcoholic sop of a cousin (Preben Mahrt), but instead she offers up herself in a high stakes game of poker with her wealthy neighbor. The gentleman (Paul Reichhardt) is just that -- a gentleman -- and they fall in love. This piece of trashy romance was based on an even trashier novel by pulp writer Ib Henrik Cavling and created quite a furor. It wasn't because it was all that bad -- not significantly worse than the Morten Korch rural romances so beloved at the time -- but because the producer, Palladium, lavished Technicolor on Slottet rather than Carl Dreyer's much worthier Gertrud, which was made around the same time.