Retaliation / The St Paul Madonna / History of the Picture

melodrama

Typology

feature

Lenght

medium

Czech title

Odplata

Runtime

60 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production year

1920

Premiere

20.05.1921

Language version

Czech

Director

Paul L. Winter

Synopsis

The young marquis André Chenier purchases a picture of the Madonna from artist Ravin. André's fiancee Anitta sees the painting as a threat to herself and asks her former lover to steal the painting. André asks Ravin to paint the picture again. However, Ravin cannot fulfil this wish. He does not know the whereabouts of the girl who modelled for him. He does know her life story, however, and this he narrates to André. Olga, the model, looked after her brothers and sisters and had a job selling flowers. Her father was executed during the War, her mother had fallen ill and her brother Pierre was convicted without good grounds after a fight during which a girl was killed. When her mother died, Olga was left on her own. Ravin's friend sees in Anitta a spy on the enemy side. Pierre escapes from prison. In a church, which he intends to rob, he sees a painting of his sister. The figure from the painting comes alive and shows him the right path. André and Anitta get married in the church; the latter, however, on seeing the painting, falls into a faint. Olga appears and warns André not to marry Anitta and she tells the marquis and the artist how Anitta had wanted to kill her. Then Olga decides to enter a convent, although both men offer to help her.

Cast

Karel Schleichert

markýz Henri Chenier

Josef Bělský

markýzův syn André

Ella Buddeusová

Andréova sestřička Paula

Hana Patrasová

Andréova sestřička Angela

Růžena Pokorná

Andréova snoubenka Anitta Sardou

John Gollwell

malíř Raymond Ravin

František Singer

Anittin bývalý milenec

Olga Alzire-Chic

Olga Soue

Jan Bondy

Olžin bratr Pierre

Ludmila Innemannová

Olžina matka

Rudolf Myzet

sochař

Jožka Vanerová

matka André Cheniera

Jan Černý

předseda soudu

Karel Třešňák

přísedící soudu

Josef Hořánek

podnájemník u Olžiny matky

Ferry Seidl

kovář, Pierrův otec

Josef Javorčák

předseda polního soudu

Bonda Szynglarski

host na večírku

Sláva Kamilov

host na večírku

Willy Hofreiter

rváč

Joe Jenčík

apač-tanečník

Hana Jenčíková

apačka-tanečnice

V. Kamenický

páter

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Paul L. Winter

Screenplay

Paul L. Winter

Production info

Original Title

Odplata

English Title

Retaliation / The St Paul Madonna / History of the Picture

Parallel Title

Madonna od sv. Pavla / Historie obrazu

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production Year

1920

Premiere

20.05.1921

Production

Urania

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Tempofilm

Technical info

Lenght

medium

Runtime

60 min

Versions

Czech