Melchiad Koloman

fantastic, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Melchiad Koloman

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production year

1920

Language version

Czech

Director

Rudolf Liebscher

Synopsis

In his search for the Philosophers' Stone which would enable him to understand the mysteries of the production of gold, Professor Dobner goes in search of the notes of alchemist Melchiad Koloman who, according to legend, had uncovered the mystery and produced gold. Dobner becomes acquainted with the Japanese Nakahito and the Indian Fakír Arkaj and inducts them into his plan. The Fakír wants to demonstrate that he can bring a dead person back to life and suggests to his companions that he could attempt to bring Koloman back to life enabling them to ask him directly for the formula. In order to do this he needs a young, healthy male. Nakahito finds a young rake, Marcel, who has squandered away his fortune and now contemplates suicide. At the promise of an easy life for the duration of one year he agrees to commit himself to the experiment. During the year however, he falls in love with Dobner's daughter, Vlasta and wants to start a new life. But, he must honour the agreement he made. The Indian's experiment is a success and Melchiad Koloman is brought back to life. Marcel survives but loses consciousness. When the revived Koloman writes down the details of gold production, Nakahito gives Dobner poison, so that he can take possession of the formula alone. Before he has drunk the poison, Dobner learns from the police that Nakahito is an international conman. Koloman dies by accidentally touching an electric current and disappears. The laboratory is destroyed in an explosion. Marcel returns to health, marries Vlasta and Dobner finds peace in bringing up his grandchildren.

Cast

Josef Javorčák

Melchiad Koloman

Rudolf Liebscher

Marcel Žampach

Nina Lašková

Žampachova přítelkyně

Eduard Šimáček

Kolomanův fámulus Nathanael

Táňa Horská

Vlasta Dobnerová

František Čekanský

profesor Dobner, Vlastin otec

Stanislav Langer

velkostatkář Lesgov

Vojtěch Záhořík

japonský učenec Nakahito

Arnošta Záhoříková

čarodějka Ulrika

Josef Rajský

Jiljí Ješek

Josef Hořánek

indický fakír Salim Arkaja

Václav Vrána

hráč

Crew and creators

Production info

Original Title

Melchiad Koloman

English Title

Melchiad Koloman

Parallel Title

Melchiad Kolomann

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

fantastic, narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production Year

1920

Production

Tatrafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Tatrafilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech