People in the Storm

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lidé v bouři

Runtime

94

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1930

Production year

1930

Premiere

13.02.1931

Language version

German

Director

Karel Anton

Screenplay

Benno Vigny, Karel Anton

Synopsis

A solitary lighthouse stands on the shore of a little island. It is home for three people - the lighthouse guard Uwe, his wife Hanne and their mute friend Jens. One day the lively Margot bursts into their serene but monotonous life at the lighthouse. She had taken a boat out for a bit of adventure and fun but it capsized and the waters cast her onto the island. Uwe soon succumbs to her seductive charms and thinks of leaving the lighthouse with her. He tells Hanne of his intentions and is deaf to her pleas; nor does he notice that the lighthouse beacon is not working. The conscientious Hanne tries to repair the light but she is unsuccessful, despite Jens's help. Jens, when he sees the futility of their attempts, tries to persuade Hanne at least to save her marriage. Their argument turns into a fight during which the shabby wooden railings crack and both hurtle down to the sea. Hanne manages to catch hold of a wooden beam but Jens disappears into the depths without trace. Uwe hears her cries of terror echoing round the lighthouse. Only now is he aware of his responsibilities; he leaves Margot and returns to the lighthouse, arriving just in time to save Hanne's life. The tragedy has now liberated the man from his fatalpassion and he is thankful his wife has given him a second chance

Note

The film was only made in its German version.

Cast

Olga Tschechowa

Hanne Bullová

Trude Berliner

Margot

Hans Adalbert Schlettow

strážce majáku Uwe Bull

Josef Rovenský

němý Jens

André Pilot

námořník Pepito

Josef Kytka

hospodský výtržník

Antonín Frič

kostelník

Crew and creators

Music

Music Composed by

Willy Engel-Berger

Songs

Du bist für mich das Märchen einer Nacht, Ein Mädel von der Reeperbahn ist wie ein Schmetterling, Mach' rotes Licht, wir wollen Tango tanzen

Singer

André Pilot (Du bist für mich das Märchen einer Nacht), sbor (Ein Mädel von der Reeperbahn ist wie ein Schmetterling), Trude Berliner (Ein Mädel von der Reeperbahn ist wie ein Schmetterling), Trude Berliner (Mach' rotes Licht, wir wollen Tango tanzen), André Pilot (Mach' rotes Licht, wir wollen Tango tanzen)

Production info

Original Title

Lidé v bouři

English Title

People in the Storm

Parallel Title

Ein Mädel von der Reeperbahn / Menschen im Sturm / Geschlecht in Aufruhr

Copyright

1930

Production Year

1930

Premiere

13.02.1931

Production

Sonorfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Hegewald-Film

Technical info

Versions

German

Subtitles

Czech