Theatre Macabre: Season 1 Episode 1 First Love

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A young nobleman falls in love with a flirty new resident.

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Theatre Macabre (1971-1972)


Host - Christopher Lee

Zinka - Magdalena Zawadzka

Vladimir Petrovich - Wojciech Szymanski

Duchess of Zasyekin - Wanda Luczycka

Maria Petrovich - Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz

Pietrov Petrovich - Stanislaw Zaczyk

Dr. Lushkin - Edward Linde-Lubaszenko

Captain Nymaski - Ferdynand Matysik

Mr. Madonapulka - Tadeusz Kamberski

Mr. Bierdof - Ryszard Kotys

Count Miliski - Andrzej Hrydzewicz


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Detailed Synopsis

The Host introduces Ivan Turgenev's story, First Love.

Vladimir Petrovich is hunting in the forest when he hears laughing. He sees Zinka with her suitors, Dr. Lushkin, Captain Nymaski, Mr. Madonapulka, Mr. Bierdof, and Count Miliski and she turns and laughs at him. Dr. Lushkin walks up behind him and tells him it is impolite to stare and Vladimir runs away. He goes home and Pietrov Petrovich asks him how hunting went. He mentions their new neighbors and Maria Petrovich tells him, they received a letter from them and they are the Duchess of Zasyekin and Zinka. Maria says that they are impoverished and the butler tells them that they didn't even arrive in their own carriage. Maria tells Vladimir to deliver a reply. Vladimir goes to the Duchess's house and introduces himself to her. She calls for Boniface and Vladimir invites her to dinner and tells her that Maria offered to help her in any way. She introduces Zinka to him and Zinka has him help her knit. She tells him that he must always be truthful to her and she demands complete obedience. The Duchess tells Zinka that Bierdof has brought her a cat and Zinka runs off.

At dinner, the Duchess tells Pietrov that her husband squandered all of their money and Maria offers to speak to the prince on her behalf. During dinner, Zinka asks Vladimir to come by later. Vladimir goes to Zinka's house and finds her playing a game with her suitors. She tells Miliski to make a ticket for Vladimir and Dr. Lushkin tells Vladimir about the game they are playing. Whoever's ticket from the hat is the winner gets to kiss Zinka's hand. Vladimir pulls the winning ticket and Bierdof offers to buy it from him, but Vladmir refuses. Later, Vladimir is walking on the top of some ruins when Zinka walks by and tells him to jump and he does. He fakes that he is injured and smiles when Zinka starts to kiss him. She gets upset with him when she realizes he was faking and he runs in excitement. He goes to visit her later and she angrily pulls out a piece of his hair. While in the woods, he sees Zinka riding horses with Pietrov. Zinka spends another evening with her suitors and she tells them each to make up a story. She tells Mr. Bierdof to go first and when he says he can't, asks him questions about what he would do if he were married. She asks him what he would do if his wife cheated on him and she tells him he would kill her. She tells a story about finding the man she loves the most in the forest. Miliski goes to Pietrov's home and Pietrov tells him to not come over again. Ziri tells Vladimir that Pietrov was angry, because Miliski sent Maria a letter telling her that Vladimir was meeting with Zinka. Vladimir tells Zinka that he is moving and he tells her that he will always love her. As he is riding horses with Pietrov, Pietrov walks off. Vladimir follows him and catches Pietrov with Zinka and realizes they are having an affair together.