The Arrival from the Darkness

fantastic

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Příchozí z temnot

Runtime

62 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

14.10.1921

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan S. Kolár

Synopsis

Richard Bor brings his neighbour, the landowner Drazicky, an old book. The latter tries in vain to persuade his wife Dagmar to leave. In the book Drazicky finds the story of the Mystery of the Black Tower and he falls asleep. He goes into the tower and finds an alchemist's laboratory and the body of a man holding instructions describing how he can be revived. Drazicky successfully carries out the experiment and finds out that the man is his ancestor Jesek Drazicky who lived during the time of Rudolf II. He had become the apprentice of the alchemist Borro who had entrusted him with the mystery of the elixir of life. When Jesek's beloved died of the plague, he drank the elixir and put himself to sleep. From Borro's notes Jesek reads of the importance of drinking further draughts of the elixir every three days so that he does not die. Jesek falls in love with Dagmar and wants to have her. Drazicky, however, overhears him and blows up the tower along with all its supplies of the elixir. Jesek takes Dagmar away and Bor and Drazicky follow him. Jesek strangles Bor to death by the river and Drazicky shoots Jesek. At that moment Drazicky wakes up and realises that it had all been a dream. He then discovers from the butler that Bor has died from a stroke.

Note

One of the first Czechoslovak films to be shown abroad. Under the title of Redivivus, it was shown in Germany, Austria, France and Great Britain. Working shots are included in the film How films were made in our country (compiled by Bohumil Veselý, 1954).

During the years 2005–2007 the film was reconstructed by National Film Archive.

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Cast

Theodor Pištěk

statkář Bohdan Dražický

Anny Ondráková

statkářova žena Dagmar/Alena

Karel Lamač

Ješek Dražický z Lomu a Střehova, Alenin bratranec, příchozí z temnot

Josef Šváb-Malostranský

starý sluha Jan

Vladimír Majer

Richard Bor/alchymista Balthazar del Borro

Luigi Hofman

majordomus/Alenin otec

Jan W. Speerger

rytíř z družiny Ješka Dražického

Rudolf Myzet

rytíř

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Karel Hloucha

Screenplay

Jan S. Kolár

Production Designer

Fritz Kraenke

Art Director

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Příchozí z temnot

English Title

The Arrival from the Darkness

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

fantastic

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

14.10.1921

Production

Rexfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Rexfilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

62 min

Versions

Czech