Erotikon may not be the most representative work of Czechoslovak cinema, but it is definitely one of the finest products of its fruitful silent era. Director Machatỳ focuses on love, passion, and sexuality. Social convention dictated that even the visual representations of eroticism available in the 1920s were bound to stir controversy. Modern cinema has exploited all reserves of eroticism and nothing remains of the controversy that once overshadowed the film’s artistic value, enabling audiences to appreciate the directorial and cinematographer’s skill in a poetic representation of repressed sensuality.
The 2011 edition of New Horizons presents Eroticon with a live performance of the Icon Orchestra quartet, internationally renowned for popularising this classic Czechoslovak film.
Born in 1901 in Prague, Machatý was a director, screenwriter, actor, and sometimes a producer and editor. He began work in film’s silent era and ended in 1955 with his Swedish drama, Suchkind 312. Before taking up directing, he learned filmmaking as an assistant to David Wark Griffith and Erich von Stroheim. His two films, Eroticon (1929) and Ecstasy (1933), won him international acclaim. He died in 1963 in Germany.
1927 Kruetzerowa Sonáta
1929 Erotikon / Eroticon
1931 Z soboty na niedzielę / Ze soboty na nedeli
1933 Ekstaza / Ekstase
1955 Suchkind 312