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The Last Night

Synopsis

Gitta, a former actress, leaves her husband and her little son and elopes with a lustful and thoroughly unworthy actor. The two end up in Russia, where Gitta becomes a prominent cabaret singer. A Russian colonel falls in love with her. The actor, a notorious gambler, pays his debts by not only selling of Gitta’s jewellery, but eventually even selling Gitta to the colonel himself. However, the colonel is a man of honour and helps the woman return to Hungary. But back home, Gitta has to realise that her husband has died and her son has disappeared. She becomes an actress again, and one day she is visited by a young admirer in her dressing room. The film was produced in 1917 in the then still Hungarian Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca) in Transylvania. Kolozsvár was the thriving centre of a small Hungarian film industry for a few years. The film was considered lost, but a copy was discovered in a Berlin archive, under the German title Roman einer Schauspielerin (Novel of an Actress). It was restored and first shown in 2002 at the silent film festival in Pordenone. The Last Night is one of only two films preserved from the work of the busy theatre maker, film producer and director Jenő Janovics.

Guests

Maciej Łyszkiewicz

Maciej Łyszkiewicz

Pianist
Live Music during the screenings of the silent films For you, Poland; Glory to Us, Death to the Enemy; The Heroine from Jiu and The Last Night
In Vienna: April 13-16

The Last Night

Original Title

Az utolsó éjszaka

Director

Jenő Janovics

Script

Jenő Janovics, Mihály Fekete, Ede Sas

Actors

Lili Berky, Adorján Nagy, Vilmos Lengyel

Genre

Silent film

Category

Retrospektive Women and War, Films and Music

Country

Hungary

Year

1917

Language

Engl. sub.

Running time

39 min.

Distribution/Contact

Hungarian National Film Archive

Dates

Saturday 14.04.

20:00 Urania, mittlerer Saal