The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 44 Number 1: 3-5 - January 1982

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Tajemství Machochy, The World's First Speleological Documentary
Emil Coufalik, James Hedges, and Otto Ondrousek


Tajemství Macochy, the world's first educational documentary sound film, was completed in Czechoslovakia in 1934. It records the speleological studies of Prof. Karel Absolon and his associates in the Moravian Karst between 1909 and 1933, especially those focused on the Macocha Abyss and subterranean Punkva River.

This film, scripted and directed by Josef Lachmann, was the first professional-quality cave movie. It reveals Absolon's philosophy of caving, as well as depicting caves and cavers.

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