Duel with God

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Souboj s Bohem

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

11.11.1921

Language version

Czech

Director

Boris Orlický

Screenplay

Jan Reiter

Synopsis

A member of an old aristocratic family, Donský, joins a gang of robbers and together they rob the neighbouring castle. During the attempt, Donský causes the death of the castle warden's daughter; in return the warden curses the house of Donský for the next five generations. Donský acquires great wealth as a result of the robbery. He falls in love with Helena, the daughter of one of his subjects and he forces her to marry him. The unhappy Helena, however, dies during childbirth and Donský devotes all his time to his son, Jan. The boy falls ill and Donský, in his great suffering, challenges God to a duel during a storm. Jan, however, recovers. Years later his father will not permit his marriage to a gipsy girl and Jan shoots him. Jan is executed and his whole estate is wasted by his debauched sons born out of wedlock. The curse continues to the present day with the last descendant of the Donský family, the blind girl Růžena, who breaks the curse. She makes the acquaintance of the young engineer Hamr who is in charge of the construction of the railway which runs across the Donský estate. Hamr finds out about the story of the Donský family from Růžena's family. It is discovered that he, himself, is the descendant of Donský's first victim. Thus, the love of Hamr and Růžena finally brings redemption for the house of Donský. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

The scenes of the film which have survived include the wedding and feast at the castle, Helena´s death and funeral and Hamr´s meeting with Růžena.

Cast

Hugo Svoboda

Donský

Bronislava Livia

Helena, Donského žena

Nataša Cyganková

dcera posledního Donského Růžena

Alexandr Šuvalov

otec Růženy

Karel Lamač

ing. Hamr

Přemysl Pražský

MUDr. Boehm

Eduard Blažek

správce zámku

členové ruského divadla Lau-Di-Tau

Crew and creators

Based on

Mór Jókai (Souboj s Bohem – novela)

Screenplay

Jan Reiter

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Souboj s Bohem

English Title

Duel with God

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

11.11.1921

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

American

Technical info

Versions

Czech