Gipsies

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

7 April 1922

Runtime

84 min

Director

Karel Anton

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Cikáni

Czech title

Cikáni

English title

Gipsies

Synopsis

Venetian gondolier Giacomo loves the beautiful Angelina. One day a wealthy foreigner takes her away from him - the Czech count Valdemar Lomecký. The ruthless man, however, soon tires of the girl, rejects her and Angelina becomes insane with grief. Giacomo sets out on a journey to find her and to get his revenge. He soon finds himself in the company of gipsies and they arrive in Bohemia and make their way to the Lomecký`s estate. Here he finds an abandoned little boy whom he brings up as his own. After several years Giacomo and the boy, now an adult, perform as wandering gipsy musicians and they return to the place. The boy befriends an innkeeper's sad, silent daughter Lea and they fall in love. However, their happiness is shortlived. When the young gipsy discovers that Lea was abused by the count, he runs off into the woods in despair. Lea is filled with grief and melancholy once more and soon dies from her anguish. Giacomo recognises Angelina's seducer in the count and kills him. The young gipsy is accused of the murder. In the court it is revealed in Lomecký's will that the young gipsy is the son of Angelina and Lomecký. Giacomo admits to the murder and is executed. The young gipsy, now the count's son intends to live at the castle with Lea. When he discovers that she has died, he takes off for the south, never to return.

Note

In 1993 the film was reconstructed by National Film Archive.

Cast

Hugo Svoboda

gondoliér Giacomo, později potulný cikán

Theodor Pištěk

hrabě Valdemar Lomecký

Alfons Rasp

syn hraběte Lomeckého

Julius Czonský

hospodský

Bronislava Livia

hospodského dcera Lea

Karel Fiala

zámecký správce

Karel Schleichert

starý vysloužilec

Jan W. Speerger

host na zámku

Jiřina Janderová

manželka hraběte Lomeckého

Jindřich Edl

předseda soudu

Karel Faltys

císař Napoleon

Václav Srb

divák v soudní síni

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Anton

Based on

Karel Hynek Mácha (Cikáni – román)

Screenplay

Karel Anton

Director of Photography

Karel Kopřiva

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Locations

Itálie: Benátky, Hrad Kokořín

Production info

Original Title

Cikáni

Czech Title

Cikáni

English Title

Gipsies

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Production specifications

date of censorship 21 March 1922

Premiere

premiere 7 April 1922 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Sanssouci a Koruna, Praha)

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

La Tricolore

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

84 min

Original length in metres

2 400 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

tinting, black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech