Extase (Ecstasy). 1932. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Gustav Machatý. Screenplay by Machatý, František Horký. With Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog, Zvonimir Rogoz. In Czech; English subtitles. 83 min.
This is probably the most widely seen Czech film of all time, thanks to the presence of a young and uninhibited Hedy Lamarr as a sexually neglected newlywed who finds fleeting happiness with a handsome construction engineer (Aribert Mog). No longer “scandalous,” Ectasy can now be seen as a film of exquisite compositions, precise montage and resonant visual metaphors. 35mm.