The Legionnaire

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production year

1920

Premiere

5 November 1920

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

feature

Original title

Legionář

Czech title

Legionář

English title

The Legionnaire

Synopsis

It is the 7th Sokol Rally in 1920 and Jaroslav Král is telling his friend of his fate on returning from America. He first takes up service as a chauffeur for count Rossenberg's daughter Eva, and spends a lot of time with her. Secretly, they fall in love. However, Eva's father wants her to get engaged to count Černín. Jaroslav catches Černín molesting a lady-in-waiting but it is Černín who complains to the count about Jaroslav's behaviour. Jaroslav is dismissed but Eva refuses to get engaged to Černín and leaves her father. She turns to Králové and soon after their marriage she gives birth to their daughter, Lily. Four years later Jaroslav receives his call-up papers from the army. World War I begins. Jaroslav is wounded and in Russia applies to join the legion. Eva cannot bear the thought that her husband is a legionnaire and prepares to leave with her daughter and go back to her father. Jaroslav's mother prevents her from doing so. When Jaroslav and the legionnaires return Eva goes to watch the parade, albeit from a distance. After the decree cancelling aristocratic titles is issued, Eva requests her father to donate part of his fortune to support the widows and orphans of fallen legionnaires. Following Eva's request, the Count hands over his gift to Jaroslav. Eva and Jaroslav reconcile as the Count gazes upon his granddaughter for the first time.

Note

Documentary footage from World War I, 28th October 1918, the arrival of T. G. Masaryk to Prague (Wenceslas Square) and the arrival of the Czech legionnaires.

Cast

František Matějovský

řidič Jaroslav Král, bývalý legionář

Růžena Maturová

Jaroslavova matka

Adolf Krössing

hrabě Otto Rossenberk

Nina Laušmanová

Rossenberkova dcera Eva

Adolf Dobrovolný

hrabě Černín

Ela Laušmanová

pokojská

Lili Měšťáková

řidičova dcerka

Crew and creators

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Legionář

English Title

The Legionnaire

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production Year

1920

Premiere

5 November 1920

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Rudolf Měšťák

Technical info

Versions

Czech