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First Slovak film of Janosik was made with great help of Slovaks who lived in America. There
was a collection of money for the Tatra Film Corporaiton established by brothers Sinkel in 1920.
They collected about 16.000 USD and developed the project to make a film. The first Janosik in
film was Theodor Pistek and there were two versions of the film. American and Czecho-Slovak.
What is really interesting the American one ended with happy end while the other not. Mainly
there was created the love story with Janosik's girlfriend Anicka and depicted social oppression.
Believe or not, the Czecho-Slovak version dissapeared while the negative of American version was
found in 1970 in producer's garage. Film Labs Koliba in Bratislava copied 89000 cells of this
negative and make a sound to it. Well, premiere of this film was in 1921 in Zilina, Praha and Chicago.
Nowadays, this film is available with US subtitles at every Slovak Embassy and you can find it in more
than 80 countries in the film archives. The story and the whoel film is a bit plain but it has really great
cultural value and in 1995 UNESCO inserted it to the World Cultural Heritage as a markable piece of
Meanwhile there was aim of Karol Plicka (scholar and folklorist) to make a true picture of Janosik in cinema
and he tried to set it up on the romanticist Jan Botto's poem "Death of Janosik" but he wasn't able to collect
enough money for it. But director Martin Fric (wellknown in Barrandov Studios Prague) collected enough in 1935
and made second film of Janosik where the main role got Palo Bielik, amateur actor found by Plicka. This version
of filmwas that successful that even now it is worth to see (not just because of Bielik's excellent look :))).
However it was also romantic story and idealised Janosik quite much. It got Film prize in 1936 and belonged to
Top 10 of foreign films in America.
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