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Svejk is a dog trader Prague. He is charged for lèse-majesté, "injured majesty" and is supposed to be jailed. But the court finds him to be dim-witted, and he is committed to a mental ... See full summary »

Director:

Karel Lamac

Writers:

Jaroslav Hasek (book), Václav Wasserman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Noll Karl Noll ... Josef Svejk
Antonie Nedosinská ... Mrs. Müllerová
Karel Lamac ... Innkeeper Palivec / Lt. Lukás
Betty Kysilková Betty Kysilková ... Mrs. Palivcová
Jan W. Speerger Jan W. Speerger ... Bretschneider / Jurajda / Killer in the arrest
Vladimír Majer Vladimír Majer ... Col. Kraus von Zillergut
Josef Oliak Josef Oliak ... MUDr. Grünstein
Antonín Fric Antonín Fric ... Adjutant
Bronislava Livia Bronislava Livia ... Mrs. Wendlerová / Mrs. Kakonyová
Josef Sváb-Malostranský ... Mr. Wendler
Martin Fric ... Turk in the arrest / Reporter
Ella Nollová Ella Nollová ... Servant with dog / Russian landlady
Jan Richter Jan Richter ... Client / Lance Corporal
Antonín Marek Antonín Marek ... Servant
Slávka Tauberová Slávka Tauberová ... Lover of Col. Lukás
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Svejk is a dog trader Prague. He is charged for lèse-majesté, "injured majesty" and is supposed to be jailed. But the court finds him to be dim-witted, and he is committed to a mental asylum. There, the doctors examine his physical and mental status. When one of the physicians accuses Svejk of being a simulator, Svejk assures him that he is an officially approved imbecile poking fun at the trappings of empire and the absurdity of war, as Svejk personifies the power of passive resistance. Written by TV

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Release Date:

12 February 1926 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tappre soldaten Svejks äventyr under världskriget See more »

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Gloriafilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of The Last Bohemian (1931) See more »

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very creditable version but 1926 not 1931.
25 July 2017 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

There seems to be a certain confusion concerning the various early Czech versions of Dobrý voják Švejk ("shvake" not "svake"). The cast given here is for the 1926 version directed by Karel Lamač ("match" rather than "mats") and starring Karl Noll. Noll played the part in the same year in two sequels directed by Lamač - Švejk na frontě and Švejk v ruském zajetí and in a third, Švejk v civilu, in 1927 directed by Gustav Machatý (this last definitely also available). The sole review that appears at present seems to be of the 1926 version The 1931 version was directed by Martin Frič (Fritsch rather than Fritz)and starred Saša Rašilov but this may well be lost. A copy I found that purported to be of the Frič version was in fact the 1926 version. The 1931 version had sound (there would not have been much point in making it otherwise).

The 1926 version is really not bad at all and Noll is splendid as Švejk but thee film lacks something of the grandeur of the classic 1956-7 version starring the late great Rudolf Hrušínský.


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