Bewitching Eyes

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1923

Production year

1923

Premiere

22 February 1924

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Čarovné oči

Czech title

Čarovné oči

English title

Bewitching Eyes

Synopsis

A landowner's son Robert Tulica falls in love with the beautiful gipsy girl Zorka while on holiday in the Tatra mountains. He invites her to Prague where he secures a governess for her - the widow Majerová. Zorka has difficulties becoming accustomed to her new way of life and only her love for Robert keeps her in Prague, far away from her former life of freedom. After some time Robert introduces Zorka to his father and brother. The old farmer is charmed by Zorka but she evokes in Robert's brother great lust She remains at the estate after Robert's return to Prague to look after Robert's sick father. Karel, the brother, comes to her room at night and Zorka hits him on the head in self-defence. Karel falls to the floor and Zorka runs to the old man to tell him she has killed him. Agitated the old farmer dies and Zorka returns back to her gipsies. Meanwhile Karel wakes up from his unconscious state. Robert, who has returned home, vainly searches for Zorka. Zorka falls ill through exhaustion and dies before Robert can reach her.

Note

The film was presented once more in its sound version in 1934 by the distribution company Ringlerfilm.

Cast

František Havel

statkář Tulica

Theodor Pištěk

ministerský tajemník, Tulicův starší syn Robert

Eduard Malý

Tulicův mladší syn Karel

Jan W. Speerger

cikán Pišta Čakan/zámecký sluha

Mary Jansová

cikánka Zorka

Václav Srb

krčmář Ferenc Kováč

Marie Fingerová

Kováčova žena

Bedřich Bozděch

světák Wöldes

Luigi Hofman

rada Traufner

Růžena Hofmanová

Traufnerova žena Marta

Crew and creators

Based on

Bohumil Zahradník-Brodský (Čarovné oči – román)

Director of Photography

Josef Kokeisl

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Čarovné oči

Czech Title

Čarovné oči

English Title

Bewitching Eyes

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1923

Production Year

1923

Production specifications

date of censorship 08/1934 (ozvučená verze)

Premiere

premiere 22 February 1924 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna a Na Slovanech, Praha)
renewed premiere 08/1934 /unsuitable for youths/ (ozvučená verze)

Production

Pronax-Film, Ringlerfilm (ozvučení 1934)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Iris-Film (původní 1924), Ringlerfilm (obnovená 1934)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 800 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33, 1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Sound system/format

Union-Vox

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech