Tonka of the Gallows

Tonka of the Gallows

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  • Sun 4 Aug
  • 83 minutes
  • Director: Karel Anton
  • Cast: Ita Rina
  • Czechoslovakia (1930)
  • This film is subtitled


"A rarely seen gem from the archives of the Czech Republic, Tonka of the Gallows fuses German chiaroscuro aesthetics with the Soviet flare for surprising angles for this affective parable of the cruelty that comes from small-mindedness.

At the center of an international cast is the Slovenian ingénue with the haunting eyes, Ita Rina, who seems to channel Garbo’s Anna Christie in her portrayal of a prostitute whose selfless act of spending the night with a condemned man makes her a pariah throughout all Prague.

Made as sound was taking over the industry, Tonka of the Gallows is a tour-de-force of silent-era filmmaking from Czechoslovakian director Karel Anton, who here has made his best work, always tempering style to serve the larger story." - San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

With thanks to the Narodni Filmovy Archiv, Prague.