Ekstase, black and white Czechoslovak-Austrian drama, 1933, dir: Gustav Machatý, Language: silent with Czech inserts, Subtitles: English, 82'
Directed by Gustav Machatý
Screenplay by Frantisek Horký, Gustav Machatý
Director of photography: Hans Androschin, Gerhard Huttula, Jan Stallich
Music by Walter Kiesow, Hedy Knorr, Franz Schimak
Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog, Zvonimir Rogoz
Gustav Machatý’s much talked-about scandalous work stars Hedy Lamarr, who dumps her ageing husband in order to find herself a young lover. The story is primarily that of a woman seeking spiritual and physical pleasure, but it is also an impression of Central Europe of the 1930s. Lamarr, who later went on to become Hollywood’s most beautiful actress, not only gave the world one of the first feature film sex scenes in film history, but as an inventor she also dealt with torpedoes and the development of technology later used for Bluetooth connections. In 2019, the film won an award for best restoration at the Venice Film Festival.
Národní Filmový Archiv – Czech National Filmarchive
Introduction: Jonáš Kucharský, Národní filmový archiv, Czech Republic