Date: 25 January 2023 (ended)
Section: BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES: THE FRINGES OF CZECH AND SLOVAK CINEMA, LONGING FOR ANOTHER WORLD
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
|FESTIVAL PASS TRIESTE and/or MYMOVIES|
(Seduzione / Eroticon)
Cecoslovacchia / Czechoslovakia
1929, 35mm, b-n / b-w, 89’
film muto, didascalie ceche / silent film, Czech intertitles
con accompagnamento musicale di / with the musical accompaniment of Andrej Goričar
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Gustav Machatý, Otto Rádl, Emanuel Železný, Erich Eisner. Fotografia / Photography: Václav Vích. Montaggio / Editing: E. B. Whit. Musica / Music: Erno Košťál, Erich Eisner, Jan Klusák. Suono / Sound: Otto Németh. Scenografia / Art Directors: Julius von Borsody, Alexandr Hackenschmied, J. Machoň. Interpreti / Cast: Olaf Fjord, Ita Rina, Karel Schleichert, Theodor Pištěk, Charlotte Susa, Luigi Serventi. Produzione / Produced by: Geem-Film, Slaviafilm.
One rainy night a railway station guard offers shelter to an elegant traveller who has missed his train. When the guard is called away the traveller, George, is left alone with his daughter Andrea. The young man of the world makes a big impression on her and that same night the girl succumbs to him. In the morning George leaves. After some time Andrea discovers that she is expecting a baby. George continues to live his carefree life in the city. When he receives a letter from Andrea saying that she is pregnant, he sends her some money. She leaves for the city to give birth in secret. The child is still-born, however. Andrea later marries a man who saved her from an attempted rape…One day, while in the company of her husband, she meets George who tries to seduce her again…
The première was held in Karlovy Vary. Its Prague première took place in January 1930. It was shown again in 1933 in its Czech and German sound versions with the music of Erno Košťál. Both versions were substantially cut. In the NFA is preserved a copy of the German version (K-N 1860,0 m), a copy of the Czech version on the video. Eroticon was screened at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 2021.
Screenwriter, actor, pedagogue and director Gustav Machatý was born in Prague in 1901. His best known film Ecstasy, starring Hedy Lamarr, was presented at Venice Film Festival in 1933 and gained international recognition. He died in Munich, Germany, in 1963.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1927 Kreutzerova sonáta (La sonata a Kreuzer) 1929 Erotikon (Seduzione) 1931 Ze soboty na neděli
1933 Ecstasy (Estasi); Premi / Awards: Mostra del Cinema di Venezia – Premio collettivo alle produzioni cecoslovacche / Venice Film Festival – Collective award for Czechoslovak productions 1936 Ballerine 1939 Within the Law 1945 Jealousy