The Husbands of Lady Milena

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

28 July 1922

Runtime

67 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Film state

lost film

Original title

Manželé paní Mileny

Czech title

Manželé paní Mileny

English title

The Husbands of Lady Milena

Parallel title

Pyrrhovo vítězství / Návrat mrtvého

English parallel title

The Pyrrhic Victory / Return of the Dead

Synopsis

Milena receives official notification of the death of her husband, the painter Jošt, at the front in World War I. After much hesitation she remarries; her second husband is Jošt's friend, doctor Král. On the day of their wedding Jošt returns home. However, first he visits his friend, the writer Hron, from whom he learns that the authorities have made a mistake. Jošt decides not to return to his family and changes his name to Šojt. However, he finds it difficult to gain recognition as an unknown artist. After some time he wants to see Milena and her young daughter and so Hron recommends him to Milena as an excellent portrait artist. Milena does not recognise Jošt. At one of the sittings, Milena's daughter rushes into the studio and Jošt runs away, distraught. The next day he apologises to Milena. When Milena hints to him that she is not happy with Král, as he is too wrapped up in his strange experiments with operations on the vocal chords, he reveals his identity. In the meantime, Král, after a series of failures, achieves success with his operation but nervous exhaustion has driven him to madness and consequently he is committed to a mental asylum. Milena is reunited with Jošt.

Note

The film materials are believed lost.

Cast

František Havel

Milenin první muž malíř Pavel Jošt

Miloš Vávra

Milenin druhý muž dr. Jindřich Král

Vojtěch Záhořík

Joštův přítel Hron

Luigi Hofman

impresario Eman Balcar

Růžena Hofmanová

Balcarova milenka

Marie Ptáková

Králova teta

Alois Katz-Bouny

válečný zbohatlík

Josef Šváb-Malostranský

kapelník carské opery

Karel Schleichert

barytonista Šlajch

Olga Purkrábková

hospodyně Katy

Josef Šula

Králův asistent

Klár

universitní profesor

Betty Kysilková

zbohatlíkova žena

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Otto Heller

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Manželé paní Mileny

Czech Title

Manželé paní Mileny

English Title

The Husbands of Lady Milena

Parallel Title

Pyrrhovo vítězství / Návrat mrtvého

English Parallel Title

The Pyrrhic Victory / Return of the Dead

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

lost film

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

premiere 28 July 1922 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Beseda, Praha)

Production

Thespis

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Liberty-Film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

67 min

Original length in metres

1 900 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