Martin Hall will be guesting DR’s Kulturrådet (Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly cultural “What’s On”) on May 3 at 9.00 PM to review Eva Tind’s new book Asta’s Shadow, a literary biography about the Danish silent film actress Asta Nielsen (1881-1972), ”Die Asta”.

Asta Nielsen experienced her breakthrough in 1910 with the film The Abyss, a film that also became Danish silent film industry’s big European break. In the following years she became an international star, but her film career ended abruptly after World War II. During the last 30 years of her life she lived without contact to the cultural establishment in Denmark, only surrounded by a few close friends until her death in 1972.

The photo of Martin Hall is taken outside Asta Nielsens Berlin residence at Fasanenstraße, where the actress lived between 1931 and 1937, during a stay at the address in 2014. The picture is taken by Maiken Kildegaard.