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I DANISH FILM It was in June 7 1896 when Danes saw cinematographic pictures for the first time at the Haymarket Town Hall Square now in Copenhagen but the first cinema Kosmorama was not opened until September 171904At that time it was usual to have a pianist playing while the film was shown because of the noise from the projector Peter Elfelt1866-1931 is a film pioneer in Denmark with some films about Greenland and royalty Ole Olsen created Nordisk Film Kompagni the first Danish film company in 1906 The most popular films at the time were comedies of different types In the first decade of the 20th century Paladsteatret the largest cinema in Northern Europe was built in Copenhagen There an orchestra replaced the former pianist With World War I film companies had to face some problems but Danish film made some important stepsFor instance Asta Nielsen soon became the first European female film star and artificial lightning was introduced in film-making In 1919Carl Theodore Dreyer started his career with The president He is still considered one of the greatest Danish film directors of all times In order to succeed in the foreign market Nordisk made some films based on Charles Dickens works but they were not successful outside Denmark so the company lost much money In 1920 Robert Storm Petersen Storm P directed the first animated film made in Denmark and two years after sound was introduced in Danish film The Vicar of Vejlby is the first long-talking film in Denmark Cinema owners spent much money in equipment with the transition from silent to sound films and at the same time foreign films started to be dubbed or to have subtitles in order to be understood The first system was more a German than a Danish tradition and it did not have much success The decade of 1930 is a period of transition with economic problems and artistically poor even if the
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