Josef Rovenský

Josef Rovenský (17 April 1894 – 5 November 1937) was a Czech-Jewish[1] film actor and director.[2] He appeared in 74 films between 1914 and 1936. He starred in the 1929 film Father Vojtech, which was the directorial debut of Martin Frič.[3] He died during filming of Virginity. According to Otakar Vávra he died of cocaine overdose. His last film Watchman No. 47 was then completed by Jan Sviták.

Josef Rovenský
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Born(1894-04-17)17 April 1894
Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Died5 November 1937(1937-11-05) (aged 43)
Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Film director
Years active1914-1936

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Title Notes
1920 The Mystery of the Old Book
1921 The Children of Fate
1922 The Tramp's Heart
1927 The House of Lost Hapiness
1928 Love Led Them Through Life
1933 The River Won Best Director at 1934 Venice Film Festival
1934 In the Red of Morning
1934 Romance from the Tatra Mountains Competed at 1935 Venice Film Festival
1935 Maryša Competed at 1936 Venice Film Festival
1937 Watchman No. 47 Completed by Jan Sviták



  1. ^ Siegbert Salomon Prawer, Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933, Berghahn Books (2007), p. 213
  2. ^ "Josef Rovenský". Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Martin Frič - Director". Retrieved 22 January 2011.

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