Archive of films White Paradise / Bílý ráj

Czechoslovakia
1924, 70 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2018

The social melodrama White Paradise, with its classic story and advanced technical quality, was a huge success at the box office in 1924, thanks in part to the involvement of Der starke Vierer (the strong four), one of the most distinctive creative teams to come out of early Czechoslovak cinema: director and actor Karel Lamač, cameraman Otto Heller, actress Anny Ondra and, later on, scripter Václav Wasserman. White Paradise will be screened at the festival with live musical accompaniment.


Synopsis

The heroine of this social melodrama, set in a desolate region “where people were born with solitude in their hearts”, is the naive orphan Nina, who stumbles upon an escaped prisoner intent on seeing his dying mother one last time. With its classic story and advanced technical quality, this low-budget picture was a hit with audiences both at home and abroad. Its success was due in part to the involvement of Der starke Vierer (the strong four), one of the most distinctive creative teams to come out of early Czechoslovak cinema: director and actor Karel Lamač, cameraman Otto Heller, actress Anny Ondra and, later on, scripter Václav Wasserman. White Paradise will be screened at the festival with live musical accompaniment.

About the director

Karel Lamač (1897, Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary – 1952, Hamburg, West Germany). Selected filmography: The Good Soldier Schweik (1926), Imperial and Royal Field Marshal (1930), You Don’t Know Hadimrška (1931), Ducháček Will Fix It (1938), Lantern (1938), He Stood at the Till… (1939)

Contacts

Národní filmový archiv
Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.nfa.cz

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Out of the Past
   
Director: Karel Lamač
Screenplay: Karel Lamač, Martin Frič
Dir. of Photography: Otto Heller
Production: Kalos
Cast: Karel Lamač, Vladimír Majer, Anny Ondráková, Anny Ondráková, Josef Rovenský
Sales: Národní filmový archiv

Guests

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