The Bartered Bride

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1922

Production year

1922

Premiere

8 September 1922

Runtime

77 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Prodaná nevěsta

Czech title

Prodaná nevěsta

English title

The Bartered Bride

Synopsis

The inhabitants of the village Dolany, after hearing a tale from broker Kecal, go off on an excursion to Prague to see the city for themselves. Marenka gets lost and is taken in hand by Jenik who shows her around Prague. Soon Jenik goes off to Dolany to be near Marenka and he starts work for her father, farmer Krusina. A shadow falls on the love of Jenik and Marenka, however, in the form of Kecal who makes frequent visits to the Krusina family and produces a suitor for their daughter, Vasek Micha. When a fair visits the village, Vasek is enchanted by the gipsy girl Esmeralda and he chooses to work for the fair as a bear. Kecal has meanwhile persuaded Jenik to give Marenka up. He finally agrees and he sells her to Kecal for 300 gold pieces so that Micha's son can marry her. The unhappy Marenka, under pressure from Kecal and the Micha family, prepares to sign a marriage contract. Then Jenik appears and announces to all that he is also Micha's son. No-one had realised this since he had been on his travels for many months and had returned home unrecognised. The frightened villagers run away from Vasek, dressed in a bearskin, and Jenik and Marenka receive their parents' blessings.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Max Urban, 1913).

Cast

Laura Želenská

Mařenka Krušinová

František Kudláček

sedlák Krušina, Mařenčin otec

A. Kudláčková

Krušinová, Mařenčina matka

František Smolík

selský hoch Jeník

Karel Noll

dohazovač Kecal

Eliška Kadeřábková

Míchová

František Beranský

Vašek, syn Míchových

Josef Zora

principál

M. Šírlová

Esmeralda

J. Martínek

indián

Crew and creators

Based on

Karel Sabina (Prodaná nevěsta – libreto k opeře)

Set Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Prodaná nevěsta

English Title

The Bartered Bride

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1922

Production Year

1922

Premiere

8 September 1922

Production

Atropos

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Atropos

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

77 min

Versions

Czech