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Holger-Madsen


1878 - 1943

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The actor and director Holger-Madsen belonged to the most important film workers of the Danish film industry and he worked many years for the leading production company Nordisk.

He began his impressive career as a stage actor in 1896 and at the beginning his appearances were limited to small stages in Denmark.
From 1905 he became a great personality of the Danish theater and he appeared in Copenhagen at the Casino-Teatret and at the Dagmar-Teatret.

He already entered the film business in 1908 where he first worked as an actor in countless productions, among them several movies with the figure SherlockHolmes. In these movies Holger-Madsen impersonated the role of Dr. Watson at the side of Viggo Larsen who played Sherlock Holmes.

To Holger-Madsen's first movies as an actor belong "Den sorte hertug - Der schwarze Herzog" (08), "Karneval" (08), "Verdens Herkules" (08), "Sherlock Holmes i Livsfare" (08), "Magdalene" (08), "Sherloch Holmes II - Raffles Flucht aus dem Gefängnis" (09), "Sherlock Holmes III - Sherlock Holmes im Gaskeller" (09) and "Den graa dame - Die graue Dame" (09).

The 10s marked the height of the Danish film production and Denmark belonged to the stronghold of the international film industry.
Holger-Madsen as well took part again in numerous movies in those years, among them "Den svarte doktorn" (11), "Dodssejleren" (12), "Under savklingens taender" (13) and "Manden uden fremtid" (16).

He worked as a movie director in 1912 for the first time when he realised "Kun en tigger" (12).
It soon followed many other movies he shot as a director, among them "Under mindernes trae - Die alte Bank" (13), "Den hvide Dame - Die weisse Dame" (13), "Envagelimandene liv/Laegpraedikanten - Der Apostel der Armen" (14), "Millionaerdrengen - Ein Goldjunge" (14), "Den mstiske Fremmede - Der mysteriöse Fremde" (14), "Opiumsdrommen - Der Opiumstraum" (14) - this movie became a scandal and was forbidden by the censorship, "Ned med vaabnene - Die Waffen nieder" (14), "Et haremsaeventyr - Ein Abenteuer im Orient" (15), "Cigaretpigen - Das Zigarettenmädel" (15), "Den hvide djaefel" (16), "Det stjaalne ansigtet - Der Mann und sein Schatten" (16), "Maaneprinsessen - Die Fee im Monde" (16), "Krigens Fjende" (17), "Pax aterna" (17), "Hittebamet - Die arme Törin" (17), "Lydia" (18), "Krig og Kaerlighed" (18), "Himmelskibet - Das Himmelsschiff" (18) - one of his greatest international successes and an early example of the science fiction media as well as "Mod lyset" (19).

Holger-Madsen, who already retired from the theater in 1914 because of his extensive film career, also gained a foothold in the German silent movie where he worked both as an actor and director.
As an actor he impersonated roles in the productions "Tobias Buntschuh" (21), "Der Evangelimann" (24), "Der alte Fritz, 1. Friede" (28) and "Der alte Fritz, 2. Ausklang" (28).

As a director he was responsible for the movies "Tobias Buntschuh" (21), "Die sterbende Stadt" (21), "Der Evangelimann" (24), "Spitzen" (26), "Die Sporck'schen Jäger" (27), "Die heilige Lüge" (27) and "Die seltsame Nacht der Helga Wangen" (28).

With the rise of the sound film ended his career in Germany and he returned to Denmark.
There he was only able to take part in few more movies like "Praesten i Vejlb" (31), "Me fuld musik" (33), "Lynet" (34) and "Kidnapped" (35). And also as a director he made only few more movies, so "Vask, videnskab og velvaere" (32) and "Sol over Danmark" (36).

Finally Holger-Madsen retired from the film business and carried on a movie theater in Copenhagen.


Other movies from Holger-Madsen (Director):
Under savklingens taender/Das Sägewerk (13) Skaebnens veje/Under lidenskabens ag/Wenn Blütenträume reifen (13) Staalkongens vilje/Det morke punkt/Der letzte Wunsch (13) Mens pesten raser/Laegens hustru/Under pesten/Der schwarze Tod/Die Laune einer schönen Frau (13) Ballettens datter/Odette (13) Prinsesse Elena/Das Opfer einer hohen Frau (13) Fra fyrste til knejpevaert/Die Fürstin Spinarosa tanzt (13) Elskovsleg/Liebelei (14) Husassistenten/Naarfruen skifter pige/Die neue Küchenfee (14) Et vanskeligt valg/Guldet og vort Hjerte/Ein goldenes Herz (14) Under skaebnens Hjul/Lykken Draeber/Das Glück tötet (14) Min ven Levy/Mein Freund Levy (14) Endelig alene/Die erste Nacht (14) Sovngaengersken/Die Nachtwandlerin (14) Uden Faedreland/De Forviste/Ohne Vaterland (14) En ildprove/Die Feuerprobe (15) Trold kan taemmes/Der widerspenstigen Zähmung (15) En opstandelse/Die Auferstehung (15) Barnets magt/Seelchen (15) Et huskors (15) Tempeldanserindens elskov/Die Rache der Bajadere (15) Kaerlighedens triumf/Testamentet/Trotzköpfchens Eroberung (15) Hvem er Gentlemantyven? (15) 500 Kroner inden Lordag (15) Bornevennerne/Eine Lebensüge (16) Det rode alfabetDas lebende Alphabet (16) Det unge blod/Notitsen i Morgenbladet/Staalen Elskov/En nattragedie/Die Sensation im Morgenblatt (16) Spiritister (16) I livets braending (16) Grevinde Hjertelos/Marjanka Hetvery/Stoddergrevinden/Glemt for Gods og Guld/Panthergräfin (16) Danserindens Kaerlighedsdrom (16) Den frelsende Film (16) Den omstridte jord/Die Rache der Erde (16) Sjaeletyven/Der Seelenverkäufer (16) Guldets gift (16) Manden uden fremtid (16) En Aeresoprejsning/Mark Romens grosse Stunde (16) Danderindens haevn (16) For sin faders skyld (16) Hvo, som elsker sin Fader (16) Manden uden Smil/Vater Sorge (17) Livets Goglespil (17) Nattens Mysterium (17) Bornenes Synd (17) Hans rigtige kone/Die richtige Frau (17) Fange no. 113 (17) Nattevandreren (17) Hvor sorgerne glemmes (17) Hendes moders hjerte (17) Mater dolorosa/Der Todeskandidat (18) Testamentets Hemmeighed (18) Lykken (18) Krig og Kaerlighed (18) Praestens Dtter (18) Folkets ven/Söhne des Volkes helm im Garten des königlichen Schlosses zu Blankenburg/König des Lichts/Der Volksfeind (18) Hendes Helt (19) En kunstners gennembrud (19) Den Aerelose (19) Gudernes yndling (20) Haerjeg Ret til at tage mit eget Liv? (20) Mander, der sejrede (20) Det storste i verden (21) Am Webstuhl der Zeit (21) Zaida, die Tragödie eines Modells (23) Pömperly's Kampf mit dem Schneeschuh (23) Der Mann um Mitternacht (24) Ein Lebenskünstler (25) Freiwild (28) Was ist los mit Nanette? (29) Kobenhavn, Kalundborg og - ? (34)

Actor:
Smaeklassen/Das Schnappschloss (08) Urmagerens Bryllup (08) Natten for Christians Fodselsdag/Dkie Nacht vor Christians Geburtstag (08) I forbryceerhaneder (08) Svend Dyrings hus/Die Stiefmutter (08) Rulleskojterne (08) En grov spog/Ein grober Spass (08) De sma landstrygere (08) Capriciosa (09) Sherlock Holmes V (09) Det store fald/Im Wirbelsturm (11) Paa livets skyggeside/Auf der Schattenseite (12) Gogleren/Was das Leben zerbricht (12) Bjornetaemmeren (12) Kun en tigger (12) Skaebnens veje/Under lidenskabens ag/Wenn Blütenträume reifen (13) Kattebaronessen (13) Den hvide Dame (13) Folkets ven/Söhne des Volkes helm im Garten des könglichen Schlosses zu Blankenburg/König des Lichts/Der Volksfeind (18) Har jet Ret til at tage miteget Liv? (20) Die sterbende Stadt (21) Der Mann um Mitternacht (24) Sei gegrüsst, Du mein schönes Sorrent (30) Krudt med knald (31) 5 raske piger (33) 7-9-13 (34)

Writer:
Kun en tigger (12) Under savklingens taender (13) Kattebaronessen (13) Der Apostel der Armen (14) Die Sensation im Morgenblatt (15) Det unge Blod (16) Manden uden Smil/Vater Sorge (17) Krigens Fjende (17) Bornenes Synd (17) Nattevandreren (17) Hendes Moders Hjerte (17) Mod lyset (19) Judge Not (20) Harjeg Ret til at tage mit eget Liv? (20)  Manden, der sejrede (20) Det storste i verden (21) Am Webstuhl der Zeit (21) Die sterbende Stadt (21) Pömperly's Kampf  mit dem Schneeschuh (23) Der Evangelimann (24) Der Mann um Mitternacht (24) Ein Lebenskünstler (25) Die seltsame Nacht der Helga Wangen (28) Giftes – nej tak! (36)

 
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