The Husbands of Lady Milena / The Pyrrhic Victory / Return of the Dead

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

28 July 1922

Runtime

67 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Manželé paní Mileny

Czech title

Manželé paní Mileny

English title

The Husbands of Lady Milena / The Pyrrhic Victory / Return of the Dead

Parallel Title

Pyrrhovo vítězství / Návrat mrtvého

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

Růžena Šlemrová

paní Milena

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

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Manželé paní Mileny

English Title

The Husbands of Lady Milena / The Pyrrhic Victory / Return of the Dead

Parallel Title

Pyrrhovo vítězství / Návrat mrtvého

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

28 July 1922

Production

Thespis

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Liberty-Film

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

67 min

Versions

Czech