The Children of Fate

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

1 September 1922

Runtime

60 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Film state

lost film

Original title

Děti osudu

Czech title

Děti osudu

English title

The Children of Fate

Synopsis

Toník once saved the life of the young Marta during his childhood, and Marta is often in his thoughts. His life has been very unhappy. His father had killed his mother's lover and when he returned home after ten years in prison, he found his wife living with another man. This time he did not seek revenge but instead hung himself in the belfry. Tonik leaves his homeland to try to forget his tragic past. He meets Marta fifteen years later as a young man and his feelings for her have turned into love. He is not the only one, however, who wishes to win her affections. Three is also a young landowner and then a cynical factory owner who had ruthlessly knocked down Marta's father while in his car. The factory owner enters Marta's room during the night and tries to compromise her if she does not agree to be his. Marta refuses and leaves town early in the morning. The factory owner goes after her and tries to push her off the high rocks. Toník senses that Marta is in danger and he saves her at the last minute by shooting the evil man. Marta, however, will not marry Toník, she loves someone else. Toník goes off into the world once more in order to confront what life brings him. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

First film directed by Josef Rovenský. The film materials are believed lost.

Cast

Karel Váňa

Martin otec

Eduard Malý

statkář

Antonie Nedošinská

Toníkova matka

Karel Noll

Toníkův otec

Přemysl Pražský

továrník Karel Novák

Anatol Montalmare

policejní komisař

Hana Jenčíková

dívka z baru

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Jindřich Brichta

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Production info

Original Title

Děti osudu

Czech Title

Děti osudu

English Title

The Children of Fate

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

lost film

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

preview 2 November 1921 (kino Lucerna, Praha)
premiere 1 September 1922 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Světozor, Praha)

Production

Eden

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Urania

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

60 min

Original length in metres

1 700 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech