The Organist at St. Vitus' Cathedral

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Varhaník u sv. Víta

Runtime

96

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

30.08.1929

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Vítězslav Nezval

Screenstory

Václav Wasserman, Martin Frič

Synopsis

An old organist involuntarily becomes a witness to a suicide of an unknown man. Before he dies he gives a packet with money in it for his daughter who is living in a convent. The organist does not report this case to the authorities but, instead, hides the body in the cellar. He does not know, however, that his actions are being observed by his spineless neighbour, a shoe-polisher who later blackmails him threatening to tell the authorities that he had committed a murder. The organist is gripped by a strong paternal feeling for the girl. She has fallen in love with a young artist and flees the convent. The organist considers this ingratitude and betrayal. He becomes paralysed in his grief and can no longer carry out his duties. In the end the girl realises her mistake; she returns to the organist and he recovers from his illness.

Cast

Karel Hašler

varhaník

Oskar Marion

malíř Ivan

Suzanne Marwille

varhaníkova schovanka Klára

L. H. Struna

vyděrač Josef Falk

Otto Zahrádka

Klářin otec

Marie Ptáková

abatyše

Josef Kobík

prodavač ryb

Milka Balek-Brodská

služebná u malíře Ivana

Roza Schlesingerová

žena na lavičce v chráma

Václav Wasserman

nový varhaník

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Second Unit Director

Rudolf Stahl

Production Designer

Hanuš Gödert

Production info

Original Title

Varhaník u sv. Víta

English Title

The Organist at St. Vitus' Cathedral

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Premiere

30.08.1929

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lloydfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Zlatá medaile časopisu Filmový kurýr

1930
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Martin Frič