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Elektafilm

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Elektafilm
TypeJoint-stock company
IndustryMotion picture
Founded1923 (1923)
Defunct1951 (1951)
Headquarters,
Czechoslovakia
Area served
Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria, France
Key people
Josef Auerbach
ProductsFilm
SubsidiariesSlaviafilm

Elektafilm a.s., formerly Elektafilm s.r.o. was a Czechoslovak film production and film distribution company that existed from 1923 to 1951. It produced and distributed silent and since 1930 sound films in Czech, German and French languages.[1]

In the 1930s, Elektafilm was the biggest film production company in Czechoslovakia.[1] The most successful Elektafilm-produced film was Gustav Machatý's Ecstasy. Most of its films were shot at rented A-B Ateliers in Vinohrady, Prague in 1920s, and Barrandov Studios since 1930. Another Czechoslovak production company, Elekta-Journal (1929-1937), had no connection to Elektafilm despite the similar name. Elektafilm frequently worked with directors Martin Frič, Svatopluk Innemann, Karel Lamač and Miroslav J. Krňanský.

History

Elektafilm was founded by Josef Auerbach, Julius Schmitt and Jan Reiter as a limited liability company in 1923. In 1926, Elektafilm acquired a production company Vircofilm. In 1928, the company transformed to joint-stock company. In 1930, Elektafilm bought two other Czechoslovak film production companies Slaviafilm (then owned by Sascha-Film) and Moldaviafilm. In 1932, Auerbach acquired 100% of shares of Elektafilm. He sold Moldaviafilm in 1934.[2] In 1939, Auerbach moved to New York through Brazil because of the worsening political situation for the Jews in Europe. During the war years, the company was taken over by the Germans and produced films for UFA GmbH.[1] In 1945, the company was nationalized and finally dissolved in 1951.[2] Josef Auerbach's effort to get the company back were not successful. In USA, he went into real estate and popcorn business, then he worked with The Mirisch Company.[3] In 1964 he accepted the Academy Award for Lauro Venturi's short documentary film Chagall.[4]

International operations

In the 1930s Elektafilm was co-producing their multi-language movies with French Gaumont Film Company, German Sonorfilm and Ondra-Lamač-Film or Austrian DonauFilm.

Film produced

Elektafilm

Year Title
1923 The Kidnapping of Fux the Banker[5]
1925 From the Czech Mills
1927 Schweik in Civilian Life
1929 Hanka a Jindra
1930 Imperial and Royal Field Marshal
K. und K. Feldmarschall
1931 The Affair of Colonel Redl
Der Fall des Generalstabs-Oberst Redl
1931 Him and His Sister
Er und seine Schwester
1931 Last Bohemian
1931 Kariéra Pavla Čamrdy
1931 Business Under Distress
Wehe, wenn er losgelassen
1932 Extase (Czech)
Extase (French)
1932 Lelíček ve službách Sherlocka Holmese
Le roi bis
1932 Zapadlí vlastenci
1933 Professeur Cupidon
1933 Public Not Admitted
1933 Řeka
1933 Skřivánčí píseň
1934 The Heroic Captain Korkorán
1934 Polská krev
Polish Blood
1934 At St. Anthony's
1935 Childless
1935 Jedenácté přikázání
1935 Král ulice
1935 Student's Mother
1935 Valse éternelle
1935 Nanynka Kulichová's Wedding
1935 Le Mari rêve
1936 On the Green Meadow
1936 Heart at Dusk
1936 Her Highness Dances the Waltz
1937 The False Pussycat
1937 Watchman No. 47
1937 Widow from the Sky
1937 Woman at the Crossroads
1938 White Crow
1938 A Foolish Girl
1938 The Third Ringing
1939 Cesta do hlubin študákovy duše
1939 The Magic House
1939 Věra Lukášová
1940 Second Tour
1940 Jana Kosinová's Past
1940 Pohádka máje
1940 To byl český muzikant
1941 The Blue Veil[6]

Slaviafilm

Year Title
1929 Erotikon
1932 Sestra Angelika
1932 Budoucí hospodyňka
1933 Srdce za písničku
1936 Rozkošný příběh
1936 Uličnice
1938 Holka nebo kluk?
1938 Svatební cesta
1939 Dědečkem proti své vůli
1939 Zlatý člověk
1940 Baron Prášil
1940 Dva týdny štěstí
1940 Pacientka dr. Hegla
1940 Poznej svého muže
1941 Advokát chudých
1941 Provdám svou ženu
1941 Turbina
1941 From the Czech Mills

References

  1. ^ a b c Michal Večeřa (2012). Elektafilm – největší výrobní koncern československého filmu v meziválečném období (PDF) (Mgr.) (in Czech). Masaryk University.
  2. ^ a b PhDr. Schwippel Jindřich. "Elekta" (PDF) (in Czech). NFA.
  3. ^ Mirisch, Walter (2008). I thought we were making movies, not history. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 37–38. ISBN 9780299226404. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Academy Awards Acceptance Speeches - Search Results | Margaret Herrick Library | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". aaspeechesdb.oscars.org. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  5. ^ Český hraný film I. 1898 – 1930. Národní filmový archiv. 1995.
  6. ^ Český hraný film II. 1930 – 1945. Národní filmový archiv. 1998.

Bibliography

  • Auerbach, Norbert: Z Barrandova do Hollywoodu, 2006, Prague: Mladá fronta ISBN 80-204-1558-0
  • Jiras, Pavel: Barrandov I: Vzestup k výšinám, 2011, Ottovo nakladatelství ISBN 978-80-7451-173-8
  • Jiras, Pavel: Barrandov II: Zlatý věk (1933-1939), 2012, Ottovo nakladatelství ISBN 978-80-7451-261-2
  • Bednařík, Petr: Arizace české kinematografie, 2003, Karolinum ISBN 80-246-0619-4
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