The Experiment

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production year

1943

Premiere

3 September 1943

Runtime

92 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Experiment

Czech title

Experiment

English title

The Experiment

Synopsis

In a mountain lodge two men meet by chance, Doctor Slaba and the artist Chodovský. Both men had been witnesses to the suicide of a young girl many years ago. And now they try to understand how the tragedy actually came about. On a street at night Slaba recognized the girl as Julka, the daughter of his friend. The orphaned girl had just been thrown out by her aunt that evening 'to bring in some income'. The doctor takes in Julka, but he is more interested in attempting to determine whether physical corruption has an effect on the soul, and vice versa. Slaba does not act overly kindly with the girl just because he tries to suppress his growing affection for her. Julka loves him and tries to prove to him that she is not guilty. The doctor would like to subject her to a test and in his sanatorium he employs his nephew Jindřich, an unscrupulous seducer of women. Julka loathes Jindřich and therefore she enthusiastically brings to him in his apartment a dismissal notice from work. Jindřich has his way with her by force and thus the girl poisons herself. Julka's suicide letter was saved at the time by Chodovský. So now Slaba has learned what actual effect his experiment had.

Note

The film shows the opening day of the exhibition of original paintings by Vladimír Sychra and František Tichý.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

MUDr. Svatopluk Slaba

Vlasta Matulová

Julka Zachová, Slabova schovanka

Vítězslav Vejražka

MUDr. Jindřich Slaba, Slabův synovec

Otomar Korbelář

malíř Karel Chodovský

Ella Nollová

Holovská, Julinčina teta

Anna Vávrová-Hlaváčková

MUDr. Dunovská, asistentka MUDr. Slaby

Marie Blažková

hospodyně u MUDr. Slaby

Věra Hanslíková

Jindřichova milenka

Marie Burešová

ona sama, recitátorka na vernisáži

Olga Augustová

učitelka zpěvu

Vladimír Řepa

host na vernisáži

František Filipovský

host na vernisáži

Bolek Prchal

sluha v Slabově sanatoriu

Bedřich Bozděch

tajný u Holovské

Jan W. Speerger

tajný v sanatoriu

Václav Piskáček

policejní komisař

Sláva Grossmann

vyvolávač na Stěně smrti

Emil Bolek

venkovan

Antonín Jirsa

venkovan

Blažena Slavíčková

divačka na Stěně smrti

Ota Motyčka

návštěvník kavárny

Josef Oliak

návštěvník kavárny

Jiří Fiala

dirigent v Národním divadle

Jaroslav Hladík

návštěvník Národního divadla

Josef Steigl

návštěvník Národního divadla

Vasil Truchlý

barový houslista

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

František Urbánek, Bohuslav Kubásek, Vladimír Hladký, Jaroslav Mach

Based on

Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod (Experiment – romaneto)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Camera

Jan Roth

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kníže, Václav Huňka

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Set Designer

Oldřich Novotný

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Bílý jasmín

Songwriter

Josef Stelibský (Bílý jasmín)

Writer of Lyrics

Vítězslav Nezval (Bílý jasmín)

Singer

Vlasta Matulová (Bílý jasmín)

Production info

Original Title

Experiment

English Title

The Experiment

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production Year

1943

Premiere

3 September 1943

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

92 min

Versions

Czech