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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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

The song in the outdoor café is performed by the famous Comedian Harmonists. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Samuel Cummins tried to import the film into the US in 1935, it was seized by US Customs officials. Before Cummins could file an appeal, a federal marshal had burned the film. Thus, Cummins then brought in a heavily edited version of the movie. Among the changes: the German version of the bathing scene was used; shots of horses engaging in sexual acts were removed; and the film was re-edited to give the impression that Lamarr's character had been granted a divorce, thus making the adulterous relationship legitimate. In addition, Cummins added a shot at the end showing Lamarr with a baby, suggesting that she and the engineer had happily married and started a family together. This version was passed by Customs in 1936 and exhibited quite successfully, although the Production Code Office refused to grant it a Seal of Approval. See more »

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One of the best ever made
30 August 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Famous for introducing the world to Hedy Lamarr and full frontal nudity, but it's oh so much more. In fact, this is one of the pinnacles of cinematic poetry, up there with some of the seminal works of 1930s art cinema, in the same prestigious group as Under the Roofs of Paris, Tabu, Olympia, and even L'Atalante. It's nearly a silent, relying mostly on its miraculous images, and also its fantastic, symphonic score by Giuseppe Becce. It's a masterpiece of cinematography and music, yes, and also of editing, direction, writing, and acting. A good 90% of the film moves along perfectly. Machatý seems an expert at using motifs. Perhaps not as subtle as it could be, and perhaps a bit overused, but the appearances of objects like insects, lights, and horses carry the story forward beautifully. The small snatches of dialogue are, thankfully, unintrusive. They don't jar as much as one would imagine. The final bit is odd, to say the least. Reminiscent of Russian silents, we have a montage of workers. This barely makes sense in the course of the narrative, but it's so gorgeously done that I refuse to harp too much on that flaw. Ecstasy is a film that is desperately in need of rediscovery. It belongs amongst the best films ever made.


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