Ekstase (1933) AKA Ecstasy

4.5
(14)

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.

Director: Gustav Machatý.
Stars: Hedy Lamarr (as Hedy Kiesler), Aribert Mog, Zvonimir Rogoz, Leopold Kramer, Jiřina Steimarová, Antonín Kubový, Karel Mácha-Kuča, Eduard Šlégl, Jan Sviták, Bedřich Vrbský (voice), Jiřina Štěpničková (voice), Jiří Plachý (voice).

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Note: Nere’s a nice little treat for you guys, the original, fully restored Czech version of Ectasy, this restoration was done in 2019 and it won the Venezia Classici Award for Best Restored Film in last year’s Venice Film Festival. As you can read in the opening seconds of the film several different sources had to be combined as the original elements were not preserved.

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6 Comments

  1. Vidor
    May 1, 2020
    Reply

    Ah, topless Hedy Lamarr. Good movie. Probably should go under the “Erotic” tag.

    • Jon W.
      May 2, 2020
      Reply

      Definitely, just added the tag. Thanks, Vidor.

  2. AQ Chaudhary
    May 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.
    Am a new user of the site. Watched few and Impressed by your collection and tag works.

    Plz add a tag namely ‘Spy Thriller’ for few movies.

    Thx.

    • Jon W.
      May 3, 2020
      Reply

      Hi AQ.
      Sure, I’ll add the tag, thanks for the suggestion, do you want me to send a list of the films you identified as Spy Thriller films? You can send it to me at jon@rarefilmm.com.
      Thank you!

  3. Gregory
    May 5, 2020
    Reply

    With the untold number of films I have seen in the appreciable length of my life, I somehow never got around to ECSTASY. Wow. What an interesting film! So glad I was able to first see it in this beautiful restoration. Thanks, Jon.

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