Tonka of the Gallows / Tonka Sibenice DVD

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James B.
Interesting Film

I was very pleased to have seen this movie. The acting is first rate although a bit "over the top" in a number of scenes. That, of course, is typical for all films of that era. The story line certainly holds one's interest even if it is pretty pre- dictable toward the end. And I really loved Ita Rina in her role. The print quality is excellent - just a few minor blemishes here and there. Hight recommended.


Tonka of the Gallows / Tonka Sibenice DVD
Country girl Tonka becomes a prostitute in a brothel after arriving in Prague. She misses her home and, upon receiving leave, visits her mother. At home, she reunites with her former boyfriend Jan, who still loves her and wants to marry her. Although happy with Jan, memories of her life in Prague haunt her. Not wanting to make Jan unhappy, she returns to Prague. The police are searching for a woman among the prostitutes willing to spend the last night with a condemned murderer. Feeling sorry for the convict, Tonka volunteers. Upon her return to the brothel, everyone shuns and despises her. Tonka is dismissed, ends up on the streets, and falls further into despair. As the first Czech sound film, its sound scenes were later shot at Gaumont Studios in Joinville near Paris in Czech, German, and French after the Kavalírka studios burned down. The premiere took place at the Alfa cinema on Wenceslas Square. The NFA archives the complete French version titled Tonischka, while only 15 meters of the Czech version have survived, featuring Karel Hašler singing the song Hradčany krásné.

Product Details DVD
Length 81 min.
Production Year 1930
Audio French
Subtitles Czech, English
Format DVD (PAL)
Region All 

Director Karel Anton
Cast Ita Rina, Vera Baranovskaja, Josef Rovensky, John Mylong, Jindrich Plachta, Antonie Nedosinska

Also Known As:

Germany - Der Galgentoni, Erlebnis einer Nacht
France - Tonischka
Croatia - Galgentoni
Poland - Skad nie ma powrotu,Szubieniczna Tonka
Slovenia - Obešenjakova Tončka
Worldwide - Gallows Toni
Czech - Tonka Šibenice

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