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Disappearing act: The silent film career of Aud Egede-Nissen (1893–1974)

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In 1916, Norwegian actress Aud Egede-Nissen established a film production company under her own name in Berlin: the Egede-Nissen-Film Compagnie GmbH. The company created approximately 30 star vehicles for Aud and her sisters Ada and Gerd, with Aud Egede-Nissen also working in the capacity of producer. The company existed until 1921, capitalizing on the German import ban on films during the years 1916–20. Until recently, the transnational career of Aud Egede-Nissen has left a void in the film archive and film documents collection held at the National Library of Norway, where very little material relating to the actress-producer’s success on the European continent is found. As Jane Gaines has demonstrated with the Women Film Pioneers Project, the careers of women working during the silent era have largely been left out of film histories. An important aspect of writing female film workers’ careers back into film history therefore also relies on creating archives and collecting material, ensuring that future researchers can piece the puzzle back together. This article presents the discovery of fan ephemera and promotional material sold on the online auction website eBay relating to the career of Aud Egede-Nissen.
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Keywords: Aud Egede-Nissen; fan material; feminism; postcards; silent film history; the archive; transnationalism; women film pioneers

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: National Library of Norway

Publication date: June 1, 2017

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