Ecstasy – Extase in Czech and German – is a Czech film made in 1933 by the Czech director Gustav Machatý. It stars Hedy Lamarr, credited under her original surname Kiesler, and Zvonimir Rogoz. The film was highly controversial in its time largely because of a nude swimming scene. It is also perhaps the first non-pornographic movie to portray sexual intercourse, although never showing more than the actors' faces. It has also been called the first on-screen depiction of a female orgasm. Emil (Zvonimir Rogoz), a precise, orderly older man, carries his happy new bride Eva (Hedy Lamarr) over the threshold of their home. (He has great difficulty opening the lock on the front door, trying key after key.) She is greatly disappointed on her wedding night; he does not even come to bed. After living in the unconsummated marriage for a while, she cannot bear it any longer and runs back to her father (Leopold Kramer), a horse breeder. A divorce is issued. One day, she takes her horse riding. She goes skinny dipping, leaving her clothes on the horse, only to have it wander off, attracted by another locked in a corral. She chases after it all over the countryside.
Ah, the scandal! A fully naked Hedy Lamarr traipsed through the forest and swam in a lake before dumping her new husband, all because he refused to sleep with her. Okay, it is a little scandalous after all. At its heart Ecstasy is a story about finding love (Hedy meets a younger guy more open to her wanton ways during the aforementioned nude scene). Very daring for the silent film era, the pic is still pretty simple and a bit saccharine, though it’s easy to watch thanks to some fine performances.