Port Arthur [French version]

melodrama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Port Arthur [francouzská verze]

Runtime

101 min

Country

Czechoslovakia, France

Copyright

1936

Production year

1936

Premiere

22.01.1937

Language version

French

Director

Nicolas Farkas

Synopsis

It is 1904 - the eve of the Russian-Japanese war. The Russian naval officer Boris Ranevský marries the Japanese girl Youki. News of Youki's wedding angers her brother Iva Moura who is head of intelligence in Port Arthur. After the war breaks out he then persuades his sister to work with him. Youki refuses but she does not tell her husband about their conversation. When her meeting with her brother is discovered, she finds herself suspected of espionage. With the help of Youki's maid, Iva steals Russian war plans from Boris's safe. He is captured and, during the interrogation, tells them that his sister helped him. Youki is arrested and is to be executed. She is saved by the capitulation of the Russian general Stössel, the executions are suspended and Youki is released. The girl is desparate to find Boris whom she finally tracks down on the deck of a torpedo destroyer. Boris is entrusted to take some Russian flags to safety, however, he is unable to break through the ring surrounding them and therefore orders the boat to be sunk. Death awaits him in the officer's cabin, together with Youki whose love and devotion finally convinces him of her innocence.

Note

The negative KDN-A and copy KK-N (only 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th part) are preserved in the ARCHIVES DU FILM du C. N. C. KDN-A 2367,0 m and KK-A are preserved in the GOSFILMOFOND OF RUSSIA, Belye Stolby. This co-production was filmed in Czechoslovakia in its German and French versions only. The French première was held already on the 10th of December 1936 in Paris in cinema Marignon.

Cast

Adolf Wohlbrück

poručík Boris Ranevský

Danielle Darrieux

Borisova žena Youki

Charles Vanel

šéf japonské špionáže Iva Moura

Jean Max

ruský velitel Vosidlov

Charles Vareille

kapitán Novitzki

Jean Worms

generál Stössel

Jean Appert

Jean Dax

René Fleur

Philippe Richard

Jean Marconi

Ky-Duyen

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

J. A. Holman

Based on

Pierre Frondaie (Port-Arthur – román)

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš, Štěpán Kopecký

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Music

Music Composed by

Otakar Jeremiáš

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Production info

Original Title

Port Arthur [francouzská verze]

English Title

Port Arthur [French version]

Parallel Title

Port-Arthur

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, France

Copyright

1936

Production Year

1936

Premiere

22.01.1937

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

101 min

Versions

French