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The Temptation of Mrs. Chestney

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Director
Holger-Madsen

Release
1916

Country
Denmark

Other titles
Guldets Gift (DK - original title)
Lerhjertet (alternative title) 
Weibchen (DE)
Le venin de l'or (FR)

Category
Feature

Length
1058 metres

Technical data
35 mm - 1,33:1 - b/w - mute

About the movie

/The Temptation of Mrs. Chestney

A young bank bookkeeper, Karl Breide, and his wife, Klara, receive a dinner invitation from the bank president, Mr Granth. The invitation triggers the misfortune that from this point on, day by day, encroaches on the Breides’ home, dragging everything along like an avalanche and ultimately crushing the lives of two people. Breide is blindsided by a shocking piece of news. His father has died and a critical review of his accounts reveals that he went to his grave a swindler. A friend of his father agrees to temporarily conceal the fraud by covering the missing amount out of his own pocket, on the condition that young Breide pay him back in annual instalments of 4000 crowns.

To save his father’s name, and his own, from dishonour, Breide agrees, though his annual income in recent years has amounted to just 8000 crowns, making it exceedingly difficult for him to make ends meet. He decides to apply for the position of vice-president at the bank and gets the job thanks to his wife’s crafty manipulation of the bank president’s son, Herbert Granth. Smitten by her charms, he vows to get Breide out of the way and marry Klara himself.

When he was promoted to vice-president, Breide also made a dangerous enemy in the bank president’s private secretary, Selbach, who was passed over. Spying on the former bookkeeper, Selbach discovers that funds amounting to 28,000 crowns have been embezzled. Breide is cornered, but Herbert Granth, the bank president’s son, is willing to pay off Breide’s debt and find him a position abroad on one condition: Klara must be his. When Klara vows to stick by her man, Herbert kills himself from sorrow. His father, the bank president, who in one terrible swoop has lost his son, follows him into death – both crushed by an avalanche of their own making.

Credits

/The Temptation of Mrs. Chestney

Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Distributor  Fotorama
Release date and place 16.8. 1916 / Victoria-Teatret
Based on: The novel "Lerhjertet" from 1913 by Carl Gandrup


Directed by 

Holger-Madsen  Director 


Screenplay

Carl Th. Dreyer  Screenwriter 


Cinematography by

Marius Clausen  Camera Operator 


Cast 

Agnete von Prangen Mrs. Klara Breide
Carlo Wieth Karl Breide, bank accountant
Peter Fjelstrup Bank manager Granth
Anton de Verdier Herbert, sculptor, Granth's son
Frederik Jacobsen Selbach, Granth's private secretary
         

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