The Abortionist

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

31 January 1930

Runtime

82 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Andělíčkářka

Czech title

Andělíčkářka

English title

The Abortionist

Synopsis

Country girl Helena falls in love with an artist painting the local village scenery and one evening she lets herself be seduced by him. The artists leaves but soon invites Helena to Prague where they make love again. Helena then returns home to her sick father and refuses the constant attentions of the gamekeeper Rýza. After some time she realises that she is pregnant. Since she knows that the artist will not marry her, she goes to visit her aunt who takes her to an abortionist. When the girl returns home after the abortion she discovers her father has died. The opportunist aunt sees her chance and moves in with Helena and persuades her to marry Rýza. After the wedding she is blackmailed by her aunt and the abortionist and she even loses the child she is expecting with her husband. The artist returns to the village and tries to seduce Helena again. When his model and lover comes to him and discovers his plans, she shoots him. The aunt and the abortionist have been summoned to the court. The wretched Helena admits everything to her husband about her past. He is sad about what has happened but in the end he forgives her.

Cast

Anita Janová

Helena Rottrová

Václav Norman

malíř František Král

Josef Rovenský

nadlesní Rýza

Antonie Nedošinská

porodní bába Marie Doudlebová

Milka Balek-Brodská

Helenina teta paní Rozamová

Bronislava Livia

modelka Máňa

Karel Schleichert

Helenin otec

Crew and creators

Based on

Otakar Hanuš (Já jsem vinna! – román)

Director of Photography

Josef Brabec

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production info

Original Title

Andělíčkářka

Czech Title

Andělíčkářka

English Title

The Abortionist

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Production specifications

date of censorship 30 November 1929

Premiere

premiere 31 January 1930 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Louvre /1 týden/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Primus

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

82 min

Original length in metres

2 340 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