The Man Who Built the Cathedral

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1919

Production year

1919

Premiere

5 March 1920

Runtime

39 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, historical

Typology

featuremedium

Original title

Stavitel chrámu

Czech title

Stavitel chrámu

English title

The Man Who Built the Cathedral

Synopsis

The story is an adaptation of a Prague legend about Petr Parléř, architect to Charles IV who was entrusted with the task of building a Gothic cathedral in Prague, a magnificent example of the architecture of the time. Petr arrives at Karlštejn castle to submit his construction project to the king. After its approval, he starts his courageous task. The closer the day draws near on which the support beams are to be taken down, the more jealous other builders become and they try to sabotage his work. News spreads among his workers that the cathedral is the work of the Devil and that it will collapse. The workers, out of fear, refuse to take down the wooden construction supporting the cathedral. Petr himself is scared and has his own doubts because he does indeed meet with the Devil who promises him help but forces him to burn down the scaffolding. Petr flees the city from the possible consequences. The building, however, remains standing and the people search for their architect to tell him the good news. Petr, fleeing from the crowds comes to the edge of a precipice. The Devil throws him down and receives his soul as reward.

Note

A unique film in which Jakub Seifert plays his one and only film role. The film was successfully shown in France with the title La Cathédrale. Working shots of crowd scenes from the film appear in How the films were made in our country (compiled by Bohumil Veselý, 1954).

Cast

Jakub Seifert

císař Karel IV.

Rudolf Deyl st.

stavitel Petr

Karel Kolár

kameník

Eva Vrchlická

kameníkova dcera Alena

Jaroslav Hurt

první stavitel/ďábel

Florentin Steinsberg

druhý stavitel

Karel Váňa

třetí stavitel/druhý kněz

Vladimír Šrámek

zpovědník Karla IV.

Milada Zázvorková

páže Karla IV.

členové sokolských jednot

lid/kameníci/mniši/cechy

Crew and creators

Based on

anonym (pověst ze XIV. století)

Camera Operator

Václav Münzberger

Production Designer

Josef Wenig

Production info

Original Title

Stavitel chrámu

English Title

The Man Who Built the Cathedral

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, historical

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1919

Production Year

1919

Premiere

5 March 1920

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Bratři Deglové

Technical info

Lenght

medium

Runtime

39 min

Versions

Czech