The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

Motorcyklisten (1908) aka The Non-Stop Motorcycle (English)

Run Time: 3:35
Producer: Nordisk Films Kompagni
Director: Viggo Larson
Director Of Photography: Axel Sørensen
Key Cast: Knud Lumbye, Petrine Sonne, Frederik Buch


From dogsleds in Copenhagen to spaceships bound for Mars. Discover the golden age of Danish silent films at From around 1910, the Danish film industry was a world leader, both commercially and artistically, with Nordisk Films Kompagni (now Nordisk Film) at the forefront. Stars like Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander and Fy & Bi were famous way beyond their home country, and Denmark’s greatest film director, Carl Th. Dreyer, was prolific during this period as well. Now the Danish Film Institute has launched (Danish Silent Film), where everyone can follow the digitisation of more than 400 works from the 1897–1928 period. As the films are digitised, they will be streamed on the site, accompanied by posters, photos, thematic articles, scripts and contemporary reviews.

Running over the next four years, this film-archaeological project will be both wide-ranging and unpredictable. Some of the old reels have not been viewed since the 1920s, but creating their path to also means that we are building the infrastructure continuously until the end of 2023.
We will contextualize the films in thematic collections, which highlight the fascinating, mysterious, awesome, sexy and funny stories hiding in the archive. Whether you are a researcher, enthusiast or just curious, you can dive into the early star culture, get an insight into the digitization process, or just browse your way through the cornucopia of cinematographic treasures. is the biggest film-dissemination effort ever in Denmark. A three-year Danish-German research project affiliated with the digitisation effort will map the cross-border traffic of ideas and people between two leading nations of the silent film era, Denmark and Germany.
The project is made possible by a donation of DKK 30 million from the A.P. Møller Foundation, the Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation. – Danish Silent Film


A 4-minute, full-speed chase extravaganza through Copenhagen. Vroom-Vroom!

A young man, crazy about motorcycles, buys an Ellehammer and drives it out of the store at wild speed. During his unruly driving, he knocks over several people, all of whom set out to chase him.

This short film is a popular and time-typical example of the so-called “pursuit farce”, or “running farce”, as the genre was called by the film’s director Viggo Larsen. The action in a pursuit farce is sorely simple: under some pretext, a person is pursued over hedge and ditch, typically by more and more people. The genre demonstrates the new media’s unique ability to show movement. – Danish Silent Film


Watch the FULL FILM in the collection of Danish Silent Film at the Danish Film Institute



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