The Arrival from the Darkness (Příchozí z temnot)

The Arrival from the Darkness
Program section: Special Screenings
Directed by: Jan S. Kolár
Year: 1921
Country: Czechoslovakia
Length: 62 min.
Cast: Theodor Pištěk, Anny Ondráková, Josef Šváb-Malostranský, Karel Lamač


  • 19. 8. 2021 | 18:45 - innogy Hall

The Arrival from the Darkness, a film with a tinge of horror, is a unique work by a renowned Czechoslovak silent cinema personality Jan S. Kolár. In the domestic context, the film is remarkable by consistently adopting the techniques of contemporary artistic trends from abroad, especially Germany (Wegener’s The Student of Prague /1913/) and Scandinavia (e.g. films starring the Danish star Valdemar Psilander). It is also praised for the level of skills involved to which substantially contributed the emerging (only 25-year-old, same as Kolár) cameraman Otto Heller who soon after became famous by his cooperation with Karel Lamač. The sophisticated fantasy story was partly filmed at the Český Šternberk Castle, the new venue of the Noir Film Festival, which is the main reason we picked it for this year’s program. It will be accompanied by a live violoncello performance by Terezie Kovalová, a regular visitor of the festival.

Milan Hain


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