The Black Gamekeepers

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

2 September 1921

Runtime

72 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Černí myslivci

Czech title

Černí myslivci

English title

The Black Gamekeepers

Parallel title

O veliké vášni

English parallel title

About the Great Passion

Synopsis

Žofka, the only daughter of an innkeeper, falls in love with the prince's young gamekeeper Jiří who used to court Slávka, the daughter of the chief forester. The innkeeper does not wish his daughter to continue the relationship, nevertheless the couple meet in secret. Žofka becomes pregnant and arranges with Jiří that she will secretly give birth in town and leave the child in the care of a wet nurse. They intend to marry when Jiří becomes district forester. The wedding does not take place, however, for the prince forces Jiří to marry Slávka. Žofka then marries the blacksmith although she does not love him; the blacksmith has loved her for a long time and he knows that she has a little boy out of wedlock. The child is brought up by Jiří. One day the boy falls ill and Jiří writes Žofka a letter telling her to come to them. The blacksmith won't let her go but the maternal instinct drives Žofka to her son. She arrives too late, however, the boy has died and Žofka, in her despair drowns herself.

Cast

Alois Sedláček

hostinský Dymák

Suzanne Marwille

Žofka Dymáková, hostinského dcera

Marta Marwille

Žofčin synáček Jiří

V. Ch. Vladimírov

knížecí myslivec Jiří Hrdý

Miloslav Hájek

kovář Bijan

Karel Noll

starý hajný

Emilie Boková

kořenářka Marjána

Anna Mašková-Bendlová

prastařenka, matka hostinského

Jaroslava Vacková

Slávinka Černá, dcera vrchního nadlesního Jana Černého

Karel Faltys

továrník

František Krpálek

pantáta

Růžena Pálková

děvečka v hospodě

Jan Zelenka

host na svatbě

Václav Kubásek

knížecí myslivec Jan

Frank Rose-Růžička

knížecí myslivec

František Smolík

knížecí myslivec

Josef Váša (2)

knížecí myslivec

Alois Charvát

knížecí myslivec

Jaroslav Kocian

knížecí myslivec

Janovský

knížecí myslivec

Křivý

knížecí myslivec

Crew and creators

Based on

Růžena Svobodová (Černí myslivci – román)

Director of Photography

Jindřich Brichta

Production Designer

František Josef Leopold

Production info

Original Title

Černí myslivci

Czech Title

Černí myslivci

English Title

The Black Gamekeepers

Parallel Title

O veliké vášni

English Parallel Title

About the Great Passion

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Production specifications

date of censorship 15 July 1921

Premiere

premiere 2 September 1921 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Světozor a Slavia, Praha)

Production

Weteb

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Weteb

Distribution

Iris-Film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

72 min

Original length in metres

2 036 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech