Ferenc Futurista

T. alt.: Zázračný lékař, Byl to jen sen… Sog.: Ferenc Futurista. Scen.: Ferenc Futurista, Václav Wasserman. F.: Otto Heller. Scgf.: Ferdinand Fiala. Int.: Ferenc Futurista (dottor Mortal), Karel Fiala (il becchino), Ferdinand Fiala (il servitore idiota), Karel Vávra (il figlio del Dr. Mortal), Dolly Dvořanová-Pospíšilová (la donna annegata), Eman Fiala, Theodor Pištěk. Prod.: Karel Fiala e Ferdinand Fiala per Pronax-Film. 35mm. L.: 262 m (frammento, l. orig.: 1850 m). D.: 10’ a 22 f/s. Bn

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Actor, singer and cabaret artist Ferenc Futurista (the stage name adopted by František Fiala) was one of the pioneers of slapstick comedy in Czechoslovakian cinema. He was a much sought-after comedian known for his expressive acting style, but he also wrote and directed some films himself. As the feature film format began to flourish in the early 1920s, Futurista was also cast in dramatic roles. In 1923, Futurista made his first attempt at directing his own multi-reel feature, a serious drama with a heavy dose of fantasy about a scientist who successfully revives the corpse of a drowned girl. Futurista, who played the lead role of the scientist himself, cast several members of his family in the film as well: his father Karel Fiala, who also served as co-producer, his half-brother Eman Fiala, and his cousin, the acclaimed art director Ferdinand Fiala. It is the latter’s minimalist production design that appears to characterise the visual style of the now-lost film, judging by the preserved fragmentary footage and surviving production stills.

Jan Křipač

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