For the Freedom of a Nation

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Za svobodu národa

Runtime

112

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1920

Production year

1920

Premiere

12.11.1920

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Binovec

Screenplay

Václav Binovec

Screenstory

Václav Binovec

Synopsis

Student Jiří Voldán, after the mobilisation order of 1914, is called up to serve in the Austro-Hungarian army to fight against Russia. With his Czech and Slovak compatriots he decides to cross to side with the Russians. He is wounded and in a Kiev military hospital he meets the Slovak nurse Maryša who has fled from the Hungarian authorities. Jiří recovers and joins the Czechoslovak legion which takes him to Italy and France. He is arrested twice during the War and condemned to death for treason. His friends, however, set him free. After the declaration of Czechoslovak independence Jiří and Maryša return to Prague. Their happiness, however, does not last long. News arrives of the occupation of Slovakia by the Hungarians and Jiří is again forced to fight. Maryša is wounded in battle and she dies in the arms of a distraught Jiří.

Note

The film contains authentic shots of autumn 1918, Karel Kramář, Václav Klofáč, general Josef Šnejdárek and T. G. Masaryk in the USA. Working shots are included in the film How films were made in our country (compiled by Bohumil Veselý, 1954).

Cast

V. Ch. Vladimírov

Jiří Voldán

Suzanne Marwille

ošetřovatelka Maryša

Evžen Georgij Jevgeněv

nadporučík Szabo

Marie Ptáková

Jiřího matka

Václav Vydra st.

německý velitel von Bühren

L. H. Struna

Slovák Miško

Jan W. Speerger

horník z Těšínska/Jan Hus

Václav Kubásek

pěšák Kubík

kapitán Zaňka

ruský velitel

Alois Tichý

dobrovolník

Václav Zatíranda

dobrovolník

František Marek (3)

dobrovolník

Jaroslav Svára

dobrovolník

Karel Votruba

dobrovolník

Václav Rapp

dobrovolník

Mario Karas

Jan Amos Komenský

Ferry Seidl

Jan Žižka

František Rybín

popravčí legionářů

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

on sám, TGM v USA

Karel Kramář

on sám, ve vězení

Crew and creators

Production info

Original Title

Za svobodu národa

English Title

For the Freedom of a Nation

Copyright

1920

Production Year

1920

Premiere

12.11.1920

Production

Weteb

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Weteb

Technical info

Versions

Czech