The Lantern

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lucerna

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1925

Production year

1925

Premiere

27.11.1925

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Lamač

Screenplay

Karel Lamač

Synopsis

A small town is preparing for the arrival of the Duchess, only the miller, who is the guardian of orphaned Hanička does not come to welcome the Duchess because he does not have good relations with the family at the manor. Hanička discovers an old lantern in a trunk which is a symbol of the free miller's degradation since his only duty to the upper classes is to light the Duchesses way to her castle in the wood. The Lord of the Castle gives orders that Hanička is to be educated with the family at the manor and that the old linden tree, which according to legend is a protector of both people and animals, is to be cut down. The duchess, is on the whole taken by the Miller's stubbornness. The miller lights her way and presently finds out from Old Klaskova that Haníčka and the linden tree are in danger. The teacher Zajiček, refuses to give away Hanička's whereabouts to the authorities even though they warn he will have to go into the army if he does not cooperate. The miller intends to protect the tree with his own body. At this point, the duchess arrives, she understands the miller and forbids the tree to be cut down. Hanička appears in front of the tree where she had been hiding. The Duchess breaks the lantern and thus also the miller's duty to the upper classes. The schoolteacher is promoted to headmaster. The miller thanks the Duchess and embraces Hanička.

Cast

Theodor Pištěk

mlynář Libor

Anny Ondráková

sirotek Hanička

Karel Lamač

učitelský mládenec Josef Zajíček

Andula Sedláčková

paní kněžna

Lo Marsánová

Dornička, Zajíčkova nevěsta

Jaroslav Vojta

sekerník Braha

Václav Srb

tkadlec a muzikant Klásek

Antonie Nedošinská

Kačenka Klásková, Kláskova žena

Ferenc Futurista

vodník Ivan

Eman Fiala

vodník Michal

Jan W. Speerger

pan Franc

Josef Oliak

pan vrchní ze zámku

Saša Dobrovolná

mlynářova matka, pěstounka Haničky

Zdena Kavková

družička

Josef Wenig

dvořan

Eduard Malý

komorník

Jan Zelenka

rychtář Kokoška

Jan Richter

muzikant

Karel Noll

dráb

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Based on

Alois Jirásek (Lucerna – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Lamač

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Costume Designer

Josef Wenig

Production info

Original Title

Lucerna

English Title

The Lantern

Copyright

1925

Production Year

1925

Premiere

27.11.1925

Production

Poja Film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

American

Technical info

Versions

Czech