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Ecstasy (1933)

Ekstase (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, Romance | April 1936 (USA)
Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, ... See full summary »

Director:

Gustav Machatý

Writers:

Robert Horky (book), Frantisek Horký (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Eva Hermann (as Hedy Kiesler)
Aribert Mog ... Adam
Zvonimir Rogoz ... Emile
Leopold Kramer Leopold Kramer ... Eva's Father
Emil Jerman Emil Jerman ... Eva's husband (voice)
Jirina Steimarová Jirina Steimarová ... Typist
Bedrich Vrbský ... Eva's father (voice)
Jirina Stepnicková ... Eva (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonín Kubový Antonín Kubový ... Ein Landstreicher
Karel Macha-Kuca Karel Macha-Kuca ... Der Rechtsanwalt
Pierre Nay Pierre Nay ... Le jeune homme
André Nox ... Le père
Eduard Slégl Eduard Slégl ... Ein Landstreicher
Jan Sviták ... Der Tänzer auf der Barandov-Terrasse
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Storyline

Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, returning to her father's house. One day while bathing in the lake she meets a young man and they fall in love. The husband has become grief stricken at the loss of his young bride, and fate brings him together with the young lover that has taken Eva from him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The Picture That Made Her Famous! See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Ecstasy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Elektafilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1986 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

This film was banned from importation into the United States by the Department of the Treasury in January 1935. See more »

Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies has shown an 87-minute version copyrighted in 1986 by Eureka Productions, Inc. which supposedly is as "close to the original print as possible." However, it is a German version (Deutsche Bearbeitung: Regina Film München) with English subtitles and without the original credits, since the star's name is given as "Hedy Lamarr" rather than "Hedy Kiesler." Besides the four main actors, the only other credits are for director, music and camera. Original prints may not exist; German munitions magnate Fritz Mandl, who eventually married Lamarr, spent millions trying to buy and destroy all copies of the movie. See more »

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Superb poetry
6 November 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Dripping with symbolism and filled with marvelous cinematography, Extase is so much more than the erotic drama we've all come to expect. This is almost a silent film, with what dialogue there is in German, and highly simplified German at that. Perhaps the filmmakers intended the film to reach the widest possible European audience, as anyone with even a little high school level Deutsch can easily dispense with the subtitles. The story is of little importance anyway, with the film succeeding on a cinematic level, not a narrative one. Symbols of fecundity and the power of nature overwhelm the human characters--there are even scenes where flowers obscure the face of supposed star Hedy Lamarr--and there are moments here that will remind viewers of the works of Dreyer, Vertov, and Riefenstahl. If the film has any message to convey, I think it's a political one: bourgeois man is timid and impotent; working class man is a happy, productive creature; and woman is the creator, destined to be unfulfilled until she has borne a child. This blend of Soviet socialist realism and National Socialist dogma doesn't overwhelm the film by any means--it's a beauty to watch from beginning to end--but it does place it in a very distinct artistic era. And, oh yeah, Hedy does get her kit off.


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